I keep feeling this bump, My OB said she is head down, so I assume that this bump (just above my belly button) is her butt. If my OB had not said she was head down, I would have guessed it was her head.
I have a good bit of abdominal fat, and it is therefore difficult to really tell what anything is.
I just want to know how I can tell, because the truth is I have no confidence in my OB.
I also wanted to know what all your experiences with fetal movement in late pregnancy were. My OB, and all the books I have read say that fetal movement should decrease at the end. (because they run out of room) My baby is WAAAY more wiggly than ever before.
I have to admit I am worried it means that she is not ready to come out yet, and has several more weeks. Everyone keeps saying how I am soo small, and they can't believe I really have less than 2 weeks to go. I am at 38w 4d, and I am anxious to meet my baby. I know my dates are correct, because I know the exact day that I concieved. (we were TTC for 3 1/2 years)
I do realise that some babies "cook" a little longer (or shorter) than 40 weeks.
Does anyone have any info on this?
I guess what's helped is for me to not be afraid to use some gentle force to try to find the fetus.
For me (this is my first), fetal movement has changed a bit in recent weeks. I think the frequency of movement hasn't really decreased, but instead of bouncing off the walls of my uterus like a ping pong ball, I feel like the fetus is struggling to move its legs or to rotate from side to side. The movements aren't as rapid or sudden- more like a rolling wave across my belly, if that makes sense.
Lay down and draw your belly as a pie with four slices. Start feeling around and jot down on the pie where you're feeling big bumps, long hard backs, little movement and big movement. Also jot down where you're feeling hiccups and can hear the heartbeat (if you use a fetoscope).
Doing this, you should be able to get a position.
Although I've been doing this ages and can't make heads or tails of it because everything says that feet should be moving in one quadrant, and hands in another. I often feel movement that's foot/hand style (not huge rolls, but poking and drawing motions) in up to 3-4 different places at once, in all four quadrants. : My baby is an octopus.
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Then I'd say that if you manipulate that bump and the whole body moves it is more likely the butt, if the bump moves but not the whole body it's more likely the head. You should also be able to identify the back and maybe figure it out by figuring out which kicks are feet.
To tell you the truth I never even thought about position during my UP/UC. As for movement, my first baby was a tasmanian devil in there up until the day he was born. My second son was so quiet and steady that he worried the midwives. I honestly don't remember with my daughter. Probably because of a combination of not thinking about all that stuff since I was doing a UP and the fact that i was so unbelievably physically miserable (pregnancy induced carpal tunnel syndrome which was way way worse than any labor) that I was just coping at that point.
My first 2 babes came at 37 weeks, my third at 38 weeks. My sisters first 2 babes came at 42 weeks and the third at 38 weeks.
I wouldn't worry about being small. Some women just don't stick out that much and having extra padding make s a big difference. Many people didn't even know my mom was pregnant with me until I was born. And even though many UC birthers have babies bigger than the hospital norm - some like me have small babies that are perfectly healthy. My first 2 were in the low 6 lb range and the last was 7 12. My sisters babies were all 8-9 lbs.
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But the best time I could tell the babies position was when my daughter was transverse! I could litterally see her head sticking out one side of my body and her butt sticking out the other. I think she would lay cradled in my pelvis and then give a BIG stretch, pushing out both sides. It looked so funny!
I never really could tell the difference in the hands, feet, elbows, or knees. There was just too much movement for that.
As for decreased movement. I never found that to happen until right about 40 weeks. And even then, it was not absent, just "muffled".
they are placed there for the amusement of those who like to point them out.
Oh, and I always thought I'd be huge and look pregnant everywhere including from behind. I never really did get that big to my own surprise. DD was 2 weeks early, but she weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. and we'd been trying for 2+ years for her so I knew the exact time she was conceived as well.
As for movement, it did change in the way it felt, but she was a wiggly thing the entire time. I used to joke that she thought my cervix was a trampoline in the first few months before she turned over. And I can totally relate to the "rolling waves" described by a PP. I used to like to watch it (and hopefully will be able to do it again soon since we're TTC).
moose - If you really feel uncomfortable with your OB, maybe you should get a second opinion? Or even find a different doctor or a midwife depending upon how dissatisfied you feel with your OB? Just a thought.
Good luck with your upcoming birth!
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His head was a round, hard very solid form right between my ribcage~ and when he moved it, you could grab it from one side to another and see how large it was. Granted, typical baby sized head circumfrence, but way bigger than a butt or a leg.
So when I poke around, I use that as my judgement.
Originally Posted by littleteapot
I often feel movement that's foot/hand style (not huge rolls, but poking and drawing motions) in up to 3-4 different places at once, in all four quadrants. : My baby is an octopus.
I am staring to think that the lump must be her butt, because if it is her head....she is tiny.
I can't tell from the hicups because, her whole body moves when she has them!!
I can't tell from kicks and wiggles, because they all feel the same to me.
I have kind of given up on trying to feel her position. I figure she knows what she needs to do, and how she needs to be born a little better than I do. (sigh) I knwo it's out of my hands, but I was curious.
I am glad to know that my size is not necesarily indictative of when she will be born. I saw a woman yesterday, and she was at 41 weeks, adn she was even smaller than me!!
That made me feel a little better.
I am so excited to get this little child out, and meet her!!!
It's been almost 4 years of waiting for my first child, and I can hardly wait!!
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So dont worry about being small, going to 42 weeks is still within the healthy range of normal. and especially if you are still small, your baby might have plenty of room to move and do so plenty. we used to joke that my dd (brazillian born) would one day play in the World Cup since she practiced her soccer moves whenever I went to sleep
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Jonas is posterior though and I didn't need anyone to tell me that. I have feet and hands everywhere in the front for the last few weeks. It's getting annoying actually and I am really wanting him to flip lol
I am not sure what position exactly the babe is in but I am starting to visualize it more...
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Originally Posted by frontierpsych
What age do they normally turn head down? I know they're usually that way around 37 weeks, but when do MOST babies turn (or at least stay in one position)?
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She is totally LOA (YAY!!) and doesn't move so much now.
I'm still worried that I might be right about her needing to "cook" a little longer, I'm 2 days past my due date and 14 days past when anyone in my husband's or my family ever gave birth.
*sigh* gosh I hope she comes out soon!!!