Baby Mapping

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RebeccaA'07's picture
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Baby Mapping

I've been trying to figure out which body part is where for baby. I'm pretty sure he is head down, but his movements are so erratic and spaced out that it's hard to tell. I think I feel his little bum at the top of my belly and I feel movements against my left hip, they seem to be a smaller body part (hands?).

How can I tell more how he's laying?

boilermaker's picture
Joined: 08/21/02
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www.spinningbabies.com has a good guide to "belly mapping".

I find it easiest to lay on my back and first try to find the head. The head is small and round and if you put your hand on either side of it, you can kind of wobble it back and forth. The bum also feels hard and round, but won't "wobble" like the head--lol. Also, if you push the bum gently, you'll feel the whole little body move. Once you find the head, then feel up for the back/bum. Wherever you have squishiness, you likely have feets/hands.

This little boy is breech right now. Ugh. I started doing some inversions last night. I've never had a baby be breech at this point. I'm guessing it is bc I took most of last week off of work and was carrying around my nearly 3 yo too much (we went to the zoo and to a parade, etc....) I think having her on my hip jostled him (poor guy!) Now I'm on a mission to flip him and check his position every night.

GL!

lexirunner's picture
Joined: 05/10/06
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I would love to know this too! I'm thinking he goes back and forth from transverse to head down, but I'm not 100%. I definitely feel a large mass up in my right ribs and feel kicks there a lot. And a lot of thumps at my left hip too. I haven't felt any huge kicks to the cervix in a month or so, so I'm hoping that means he's in a good position.

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I suck at this! The only thing that helps me is that these days when I feel hiccups I feel they WAY down low- like I feel like I'm practically feeling them in the vaginal area more than in the belly...so baby has GOT to be head down. When my DD was breech, hiccups were cute and SO obvious as my whole upper belly jerked with every hiccup. But when it comes to identifying actual body parts... I suck...I've tried, and I just can't seem to do it! I also have a really hard time imagining how big this baby is, and therefore how s/he would be folded (for lack of a better word)...

sometimes's picture
Joined: 07/08/08
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I think I'm too fat to baby map, lol. I literally have no idea where he is or could be. Almost all the movement I feel is low, but I can't tell if it's kicks or punches... I did feel something above my belly button recently but I can't tell what. I had a ton of U/S with DD so I kinda knew where she was... nothing with this lil guy so I have no clue.

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Joined: 11/19/07
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"Marite13" wrote:

I suck at this! The only thing that helps me is that these days when I feel hiccups I feel they WAY down low- like I feel like I'm practically feeling them in the vaginal area more than in the belly...so baby has GOT to be head down. When my DD was breech, hiccups were cute and SO obvious as my whole upper belly jerked with every hiccup. But when it comes to identifying actual body parts... I suck...I've tried, and I just can't seem to do it! I also have a really hard time imagining how big this baby is, and therefore how s/he would be folded (for lack of a better word)...

I tried the belly mapping last night and was not successful. But he had the hiccups and I felt them VERY low, so I'm assuming he is head down. I was wondering b/c my belly expanded side to side and I was feeling movement on both sides on my belly again yesterday, so I was sure he had turned breech. But after crawling around chasing DD, I could feel him flip again.

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Joined: 11/08/11
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"boilermaker" wrote:

www.spinningbabies.com has a good guide to "belly mapping".

I find it easiest to lay on my back and first try to find the head. The head is small and round and if you put your hand on either side of it, you can kind of wobble it back and forth. The bum also feels hard and round, but won't "wobble" like the head--lol. Also, if you push the bum gently, you'll feel the whole little body move. Once you find the head, then feel up for the back/bum. Wherever you have squishiness, you likely have feets/hands.

This little boy is breech right now. Ugh. I started doing some inversions last night. I've never had a baby be breech at this point. I'm guessing it is bc I took most of last week off of work and was carrying around my nearly 3 yo too much (we went to the zoo and to a parade, etc....) I think having her on my hip jostled him (poor guy!) Now I'm on a mission to flip him and check his position every night.

GL!

thank you for this...i did find this very interesting and did alot of reading on it last night. if i go by what it says my baby is still tranverse:/ i have been trying some of the reccomended stretches, hopefully this kiddo will turn soon! thanks again though!!!

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LURKER

"RebeccaA'07" wrote:

I tried the belly mapping last night and was not successful. But he had the hiccups and I felt them VERY low, so I'm assuming he is head down. I was wondering b/c my belly expanded side to side and I was feeling movement on both sides on my belly again yesterday, so I was sure he had turned breech. But after crawling around chasing DD, I could feel him flip again.

he might not have turned breach at all. he might have stretched out so that he was hitting both walls. even his back hitting one side can feel like a "kick" because he's so little and you have don't fine nerve endings inside your uterus. my child is head-down and facing my left side. she's been like that for about 2 months now, but i feel oodles of movement on the right side because she likes to kick my left side and push herself into the right-side wall. gotta entertain yourself in there somehow, ya know? lol