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Hi, I'm new to posting here. My midwife does this check at my next appointment and I'm 31 weeks along with my baby. What does this mean, longtitudinal lie? Does that mean the baby is not head down yet and is sideways?<br><br>
Next question. When do I need to check the baby's position for anterior/posterior, etc. as birth approaches? Is 32 weeks too early for the baby to assume a birthing position?<br><br>
I do all the cat exercises the midwife said to do and I don't feel the baby has picked a spot to be yet. Sometimes the back feels on my right, sometimes on the left. Sometimes the stretch from the baby is across my belly, sometimes it's vertical.<br><br>
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I think it's a fancy way of saying she wants to see if the babe is head down yet. :)<br><br>
"That relationship in which the long axis of the foetus is longitudinal and roughly parallel to the long axis of the mother; the presenting part may be either the head or the breech. "<br><br>
From the <a href="http://www.books.md/L/dic/longitudinallie.php" target="_blank">Medical Dictionary Search Engine</a>
 

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Checking for longitudinal lie should just be palpating your tummy. They usually do this at every visit just to see where the baby is at that time which doesn't mean that is the exact place that they will stay for even the next 5 minutes.<br><br>
32 weeks is too early for the baby to assume the birth position and stay in that position the whole time. Babies turn anterior to posterior and vice versa all the time during labor even, they like to play around in there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 

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thank you both for the informatoin!<br><br>
I am glad to hear that 31 weeks is too early to determine birth position. Lots of the time baby is ROA which honestly scares me b/c i do not want a posterior birth experience. I don't see that as necessary at all.<br><br>
I assume I should continue to do my cat exercises and pelvic tilts and knee to chest?
 
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