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Hi mamas! Can you believe we're so close? I haven't posted here forever but have been lurking during my entire pregnancy. I'm loving your stories and questions. Many are the same ones I have.<br><br>
I'm due June 7 and my cousin is due June 2. She just found out her babe is breech, which made me a little nervous. How can I tell if my babe is head up or down? I THINK it's down, but I have nothing to base that on except for the steady even pressure on my bladder. Most of the flutters I feel are really low (are those legs or hands??), and I get a few stomach bulges up high, but no kicks in the ribs, no real movement above my belly button. I feel rhythmic jumps quite low in the pelvis so I think (HOPE) s/he gets hiccups from time to time. Would you assume the same? I'm just worried because 1) I'm going for a VBAC and it's imperative that everything go well, 2) I'm hardly feeling any movement anymore except way down low, and 3) I'm a plus-size mama so it's kind of hard to palpate. So how can I tell FOR SURE if it's the head or butt I'm feeling down low?<br><br>
I know the only way to truly know is with an US so I'm going to beg my MW to give me one next week. You know how it is at the end, freaking over every little thing. Well, this is my thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
Thanks for any advice you can give mamas and hope you're all feeling well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Your practitioner should be able to palpate your abdomen and feel if the baby is head up or down. I was certain that mine was head up at my last appointment, but my midwives assured me that the baby was head down after all. I hope he/she stays put!
 

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my MWs and previous Dr have all been able to palpitate no prob and I am a bigger mama, and I can easily find the bum after being shown how. I can also feel the head (something really hard) in behind my pubic bone just by poking really hard from both sides (again, my MW got me to do it).<br>
I was previously SURE that the movement down low was feet and the bump up high was the head. I'm glad it's not because damn that would be one giant head!
 

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For me it's the hiccups that give away this ones position. The head tends to jerk from the hiccups. 2 nights ago bambino was breech, felt the hiccups in my ribs lol. This morning, bambino is back to head down, the hiccups were in my crotch!
 

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I can usually feel the back of baby's head down near my pelvis if s/he's vertex. This baby has been all over the place but finally seems to have settled (at least for now!) head down. He likes his feet stretched out though so many times they will be wayyy over to one side or even up toward his head. His butt can feel almost like a head up under my ribs, especially since he isn't engaged and is still transverse some of the time...but the key for me is definitely the feeling of the back of the skull down below in my pelvic/hip area. It's tough to describe but nothing really feels like it! So perhaps your hcp can show you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Heads are rounder, larger and harder than bums generally. Bums feel more pointy/narrow.
 

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I'm so jealous that you all can tell how your LOs are situated! I'm too scared to poke around my belly<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I'll ask my HCP at my appt tomorrow.
 

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I can tell by the hiccups too. Feels like I'm getting thumped in the colon because the baby is SO low. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I was having trouble figuring out my baby's position too, but I went to spinningbabies.com and they have a section on "belly mapping" that tells you what to look and feel for. I followed the instructions and got my baby's position correct (I know because I had an ultrasound the next day that confirmed it!) It's a pretty cool method.
 

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I can tell from hiccups, but I can also feel the obvious head and butt (there's an ever so slight difference). And he has tucked his feet above his head for weeks, so I can tell from that as well.<br><br>
If it helps, my last babe I was pg with was transverse until I was *IN* labor and he went head down.<br><br>
This babe is in a frank breech position and I just have a good feeling he won't change position, lol.
 
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