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What does it feel like...

What does it feel like when baby goes head down? I noticed my little ticker said he should be bottoms up now but honestly it doesn't feel any different.

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I actually feel a lot more pressure now that my guy has settled head down, I find myself having to pee more as well. And I can tell where his bum is at the top of my belly. Plus, he gets the hiccups all of the time and it literally feels like they are in my girly parts!

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It doesnt feel different to me because I tend to have a lot of amniotic fluid...so whether she is head down or butt down...as long as she is not engaged into the pelvis (which she is not and she probably wont until I go into labor) I doubt anything changes much for me. When they engage in the pelvis...THAT is when I think you usually feel a lot more pressure and you feel like you can breathe easier/ heartburn eases. but the symptoms go down low.... Smile I only did that early for my first...after that...not so much! Smile

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I have no clue... as far as I know DD never made it head down before she was born and I'm pretty sure this little guy is transverse still. His heartbeat was really high up at my appointment last week and the majority of movement I feel is down low above my left hip.

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I think like PP have said it's more your "symptoms" that move south vs. how the baby feels. This guy is head down, but (I assume) not engaged in my pelvis because I don't have any sort of pressure down there. The only reason I know he is head down (aside from the OB telling me ;)) is that I feel hiccups really low, his HB is always found down low by the bottom of my left hip, and his butt sticks out under the left side of my ribcage.

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You can do some belly mapping to see how your baby is laying.

The "easiest" thing to find is the head-- which is hard and round and easily "wobbles" from side to side (if you use your thumb and middle finger to kind of feel it and move it)-- the bum is also round and kind of hard, but won't wobble as easily. I can find the head if I lay down on my back, put my hand right above my pubic bone and his head is right there and wobbles about.

I also feel hiccups really really low, and then kicks are mostly on either my left or right side (depending if he is LOA or ROA)--

If you find the bum, when you push it, you'll feel the baby's whole body move, whereas with the head, you won't. HTH!

www.spinningbabies.com has helpful info about mapping your belly. GL!

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I agree with everything Rebecca said... pressure, hiccups, etc. I just saw my midwife again today, and she thinks my baby MIGHT actually be head down now too. Totally trickster baby. But, in any case- were you told at some point that your baby was head up? Because really... like 97% of babies just settle in head down on their own- so it's not really something you would specifically notice. He could have been head down for a long time already!

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No one has told me whether he's head up or down, I jus assumed they floated around every which way until they ran out of room. Most of my movement is high up in my ribs if that means anything. The mapping makes me a little uncomfortable because he kindof wigs out when you poke at him.

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If you are feeling the biggest "kicks" near your ribs, good bet he is head down. Fluttering sensations at this point are usually hands, so if you feel more fluttery sensations down low and bigger, stronger jabs near the top, probably your baby is head down. I can usually tell based on where I feel the stronger kicks, whether to my bladder or ribs.

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my baby has been head down the entire pregnancy...... as early as 17 weeks...I have had many ultrasounds and at every one they say head down. I dont think she is much of a mover and shaker...so I dont think she has flipped around much if at all! I think sometimes when I feel movement low...its actually the baby moving her head around too. If your doc is concerned with your baby's position he/she will palpate and order an ultrasound if needed. I once had them pull out an ultrasound machine while I was in the hospital in early labor because they were not positive on the baby's position....it was my fourth child and we had a young resident checking me in. But Nick was head down...false alarm Smile