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This babe was breech around 36/37 weeks and flipped back just before 37 weeks. I had taken pulsatilla for two days and had been doing some of the knee/chest exercises and then just had a sense that the babe had turned transverse.
When the head was up, there was just one hard lump at the top and during movement it felt distinctly like a head butt to the ribs. When the babe flipped transverse it felt like the babe was totally across the top of my belly and I didn't notice as many kicks down low.
Now that the babe has settled head down there are more smaller parts up top...one being the butt and I think the others are from time to time side of hip/thigh/knee. I think the easiest way for me to tell was to poke about a little bit when the babe was moving. The upper movements have more of a popcorn popping quality (though I suppose that depends on the activity level of the particluar babe!).
As soon as I got the sense that this babe had flipped out of breech, I did stop doing any of the turning exercises----not because it was recommended, but just intuition. I did, however, start focusing on posture --especially while sitting --leaning forward, sitting on birth ball, etc.
After discussing the ECV with the mw before I knew that the babe was back head down, I was also leaning against not doing it for the lower success rate and potential complications. I think I only might have opted for it if the babe was more transverse and had less way to go to flip to vertex.