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post #21 of 50

my baby has been and as of today is still head up....chillin' sideways facing right. it's why i always get kicked in the same spot on the right side.

 

kid seems to have no interest in moving, as they have been in this position since my last appt a month ago. its not really a concern yet though, i've been told.

post #22 of 50

Lizz, as you progress and if baby hasn't flipped you should check out spinning babies! But it's so early I'm sure you don't have to worry.

post #23 of 50

I asked my midwife and she said it was too early to expect my little one to be head-down (I'm 25 weeks). I feel her/him flip upsidedown every so often but usually ends up right side up or breech again shortly afterwards. 

post #24 of 50

I wonder if baby has more room this time since it is my 3rd pregnancy?  I can't believe that he is still flipping around.  I will be 28 weeks on Wednedsay and the girls were both head down by 20 weeks and didn't flip after that.  I have BIG babies, so I think that may be why they stay head down?  So interesting how different pregnancies can be, even if the other two followed the same pattern.

post #25 of 50
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Originally Posted by Chloe'sMama View Post

I wonder if baby has more room this time since it is my 3rd pregnancy?  I can't believe that he is still flipping around.  I will be 28 weeks on Wednedsay and the girls were both head down by 20 weeks and didn't flip after that.  I have BIG babies, so I think that may be why they stay head down?  So interesting how different pregnancies can be, even if the other two followed the same pattern.

i have no idea what to expect as far as movement goes or when she should be heading a certain way, but she is definitely still flipping in there. i mean, all over kickboxing. 

post #26 of 50
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i have no idea what to expect as far as movement goes or when she should be heading a certain way, but she is definitely still flipping in there. i mean, all over kickboxing. 

I know it is normal to still flip well into the 36th week, but since it is not normal for me to still have twisting and turning at this stage, it just makes me wonder.  I also have a feeling he is going to be quite a bit smaller than the girls... or growing slower.  I am thinking 8.5 lbs or something like that (compared to over 10 and just under 10 for the girls).  

post #27 of 50

For all the mommas who know what positions their babies are, can you share how you know? This is my first pregnancy and I am little behind many of you (at 25 weeks), but I can't really tell what position he is in. I feel tons of movement but for me it doesn't translate into "that's a foot" or "that's a head". Is your assessment based on your care providers' telling you the position at your appointments? 

post #28 of 50

It depends on where your placenta is as it dulls the intensity of the kicks, but the bigger movements are usually kicks and smaller are most likely hand movements.  I can also feel hiccups regularly now, so I know where the head is.  I am almost 28 weeks, but have been feeling the movements for a while now.

post #29 of 50

Thanks, that helps.

My placenta is at the very top, so I don't think it's interferring with feeling movement. 

post #30 of 50
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Originally Posted by Dia View Post

For all the mommas who know what positions their babies are, can you share how you know? This is my first pregnancy and I am little behind many of you (at 25 weeks), but I can't really tell what position he is in. I feel tons of movement but for me it doesn't translate into "that's a foot" or "that's a head". Is your assessment based on your care providers' telling you the position at your appointments? 

I palpate the outside of my belly when I'm laying flat on my back, which I can only manage for about a minute before my back starts hurting.  If you look at the spinning babies website, they give some general guidelines on "mapping" where baby is lying.  Which, of course, can keep changing at this stage.  I've learned to feel what the head and rear feel like and sometimes I can feel the spine area.  It took some practice.

 

I have had a stubborn little foot in my pelvis since yesterday.  I seriously need to get this baby turned and get that foot OUT of there!  So annoying and very weird feeling.

post #31 of 50

I had an appointment today and my midwife felt around - baby seems to be sideways at the moment, head is on the left but I know that changes day to day based on the kicks.  There was definitely a tender spot where the head was when she was feeling around - so that might help you when you're trying to feel?

post #32 of 50
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Originally Posted by Dia View Post

For all the mommas who know what positions their babies are, can you share how you know? This is my first pregnancy and I am little behind many of you (at 25 weeks), but I can't really tell what position he is in. I feel tons of movement but for me it doesn't translate into "that's a foot" or "that's a head". Is your assessment based on your care providers' telling you the position at your appointments? 

i had to learn this early on as my midwives on my first kept thinking head and butt were confused and i saw ultrasounds and the baby would KICK and it would be a clear sensation.

 

this is my 4th, and when you feel small fluttery hiccups (rhythmic and gentle) wherever you feel them strongest is the shoulders/head.  the feet will get more distinct as the baby gets bigger.  the feet would be this strong pushing, starting off w/ sharp little heels, and then big ole full-grown baby foot (which is CRAZY).  Head is very round, and when you're laying on your back, you can often feel it as a smooth round bulb, while the butt is bonier and not as moveable.  and the butt and feet are usually around the same area.  i can lay on my back still pretty well (dozed off this morning on my back and woke up panicked, but i don't think it was for long) so this one the head's not down, but it's down low b/c the shoulders are.  little fists down there too poking out, so baby is posterior.  big longer limbs up top and bony butt make me think it's resting towards my right back side, where all my babies sit.  i also don't have a very taught uterus, so i can poke and feel almost every part.  i carry long and can feel the back and so then it's just a matter of figuring out which side is up.  

 

i don't get to see my midwife often, so it's a lot up to me.  my midwives in my first two pregnancies were actually often disagreeing with me on position and i saw lots of ultrasounds to confirm my suspicions.  and so now i am quite confident in identifying these little things.

post #33 of 50

I have a little breechling right now too and keep getting kicked in the bladder and pelvis.  I am 26 weeks, so I know it's still early, but like many other mamas my last one stayed head down after about 20 weeks.  I think I will try to start working on ways to encourage baby to turn just so I can stop getting kicked in the bladder so much. 

post #34 of 50

after getting a little fist attack this morning on my lower belly, started me some spinning babies!!!  i'm gonna start doing those NOW b/c i have had 3 posterior babies and don't want to mess with that even if the little one is head down.  and the section on posterior babies could have saved me a lot of trouble with my first OP birth!

 

anyone else starting the spinning even if it's a little early?

post #35 of 50

i'm getting kicked a lot up high on my left side, so i think she's head down right now. i also have a lot of pressure on my bladder it seems so this may be good. i have an ultrasound on the 21st so we'll actually see where she is.

post #36 of 50
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Originally Posted by HouseofPeace View Post

i had to learn this early on as my midwives on my first kept thinking head and butt were confused and i saw ultrasounds and the baby would KICK and it would be a clear sensation.

 

this is my 4th, and when you feel small fluttery hiccups (rhythmic and gentle) wherever you feel them strongest is the shoulders/head.  the feet will get more distinct as the baby gets bigger.  the feet would be this strong pushing, starting off w/ sharp little heels, and then big ole full-grown baby foot (which is CRAZY).  Head is very round, and when you're laying on your back, you can often feel it as a smooth round bulb, while the butt is bonier and not as moveable.  and the butt and feet are usually around the same area.  i can lay on my back still pretty well (dozed off this morning on my back and woke up panicked, but i don't think it was for long) so this one the head's not down, but it's down low b/c the shoulders are.  little fists down there too poking out, so baby is posterior.  big longer limbs up top and bony butt make me think it's resting towards my right back side, where all my babies sit.  i also don't have a very taught uterus, so i can poke and feel almost every part.  i carry long and can feel the back and so then it's just a matter of figuring out which side is up.  

 

i don't get to see my midwife often, so it's a lot up to me.  my midwives in my first two pregnancies were actually often disagreeing with me on position and i saw lots of ultrasounds to confirm my suspicions.  and so now i am quite confident in identifying these little things.

 

This description of how to interpret movement was very helpful and made sense to me. Thank you!

post #37 of 50
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Originally Posted by HouseofPeace View Post

after getting a little fist attack this morning on my lower belly, started me some spinning babies!!!  i'm gonna start doing those NOW b/c i have had 3 posterior babies and don't want to mess with that even if the little one is head down.  and the section on posterior babies could have saved me a lot of trouble with my first OP birth!

anyone else starting the spinning even if it's a little early?

I am. I had a very annoying little foot down in my pelvis for a couple of days. I've been doing the forward leaning inversions every day as well as making sure I'm sitting in better positions. Pelvic rocking also.
Yesterday dh took our area rug outside to clean so I got on hands and knees and scrubbed the floor that was underneath. With knee pads on. That seemed to work to relocate that little foot, thank goodness. Haven't really been able to figure out which direction baby is lying now, but I know s/he keeps moving anyway.
I want to try the breech tilt but my back hurts pretty bad after lying on my back for only a minute. Gotta try different variations of cushions and see if I can manage it at some point.
post #38 of 50
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I am. I had a very annoying little foot down in my pelvis for a couple of days. I've been doing the forward leaning inversions every day as well as making sure I'm sitting in better positions. Pelvic rocking also.
Yesterday dh took our area rug outside to clean so I got on hands and knees and scrubbed the floor that was underneath. With knee pads on. That seemed to work to relocate that little foot, thank goodness. Haven't really been able to figure out which direction baby is lying now, but I know s/he keeps moving anyway.
I want to try the breech tilt but my back hurts pretty bad after lying on my back for only a minute. Gotta try different variations of cushions and see if I can manage it at some point.

good luck!  i did breech tilt w/ my first, but it didn't help b/c he wasn't breech.... ;)  but it was not fun.

 

here's what i found on the site for movement and position!

http://www.spinningbabies.com/baby-positions/belly-mapping

 

so cool!

 

and this was great to read b/c this is how i carry all my babies-

http://www.spinningbabies.com/baby-positions/all-positions/right-o-posterior

 

though my last one did spin around.  so doing spinning early might position the baby better!  that would be nice...  since waiting for them to turn during labor is no fun....

post #39 of 50
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Originally Posted by HouseofPeace View Post

 

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anyone else starting the spinning even if it's a little early?

I am, since it's not too early with twins.  I did the inversion described on spinning babies and a breech tilt Saturday night, and it got baby A's feet away from my cervix and bladder right away.  I'm not sure where she is now, it's hard to differentiate the two sometimes. I've continued to do the inversion every night, but haven't done another breech tilt.  I've also stopped sitting back in the recliner, which has really helped reduce my pelvic/hip pain and piraformis muscle spasms, and recliners are supposedly bad for baby positioning.  And I've replaced the computer chair with a birth ball.  I have an ultrasound tomorrow, so we'll see if anything has changed.  I'm afraid baby B is now transverse, but we'll see.

 

DD was breech at my 36 week ultrasound, and then went transverse for a few weeks.  I did tons of breech tilts, played music for her with a headphone against the front of my pelvis, lots of hands and knees stuff, saw a chiropractor a few times, and she eventually went vertex.  Maybe at 39 weeks?  I forget exactly, but it was pretty late.

post #40 of 50
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Originally Posted by HouseofPeace View Post

 

anyone else starting the spinning even if it's a little early?


I have never had a posterior baby at birth , but this one is for sure posterior now, and consistently .. my last 2 babies were breech until 35-36 weeks this one has been head down but i'm concerned about how comfy he is posterior, esp with an anterior placenta i'm afraid it could be more comfortable for him that way..  I've already started watching the reclining and occasionally crawling around on the floor ..I need to go do some research and figure out what else i need to be doing to encourage him..

 

I generally check position on my back by feeling for body parts but lately my baby is SO low that it is often hard to find his head i have to push really hard and can find what feels like the middle of his head behind my pubic bone..  a good place for it i guess, but it seems so low for this early.. my last baby's head was floating up above my pubic bone at 36-37 weeks.. 

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