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Baby position

When does the baby turn head down??? Does it feel different from right side up?

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Right now they are constantly turning. If you are feeling kicks in different places that means he's s mover and a shaker! As there's less space they move less but usually start to get locked and loaded head down around 34 or 35 weeks. I could tell How Mélodie was positioned from about 26 weeks on when shed get the hiccups. Babies can turn right up to the last minute so it's not something to worry abo
ut until you get to the forty week point.

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Well that is a relief! Someone asked me today if he was head down yet and I said "I don't know...I don't think so. I'm only 23 weeks." They sorta acted like it wasn't normal for him to be head down yet.

I haven't gotten to feel hiccups yet. Boo. Sad

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Evan flipped CONSTANTLY. Ugh he'd elbow me and kick me in the most terrible places! I could tell when his head or his bum were up by my chest. My doc was never worried, by like 35 or 36 weeks he was head down and my doc seemed content with that at like 32 though I think he wasn't always head down. This kid at my 20 wk scan (at 18 weeks) was so head down and so low they had trouble measuring my cervix at one point. But he totally flipped and moved during the u/s itself. With my luck I'll end up with another perpetual motion machine lol Smile

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I could never tell when my babies would turn... but they were all head down by the time delivery came. I don't think your doc will be too worried about it until you reach your 37th week, which is considered full term. No worries yet!

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It's a mystery to me what baby is doing in there, but I can definitely feel loads of moving up down all around. This afternoon I felt what seemed to be a 180 barrelroll on my left side, then this evening I've felt hiccups at my right ribs but I'm guessing facing my back. Wish I had a little baby compass sometimes. It is kinda funny playing 'guess the baby part' when you feel something hardish in one spot!

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I wish I had a portable US machine so I could watch him any time I wanted to! I just want to know what he is up to in there. But then I'd never get anything done because I'd be watching the baby all day...which seems like a great way to pass the time. Biggrin

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This baby at my last appt was head down. But.. my first turned into breech at 38/39 wks and only a week later turned back head down. (long story). My second flipped several times a day until he was born at 39 wks.

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With Ds I knew when he was head down because he always had hiccups! It isn't until 34-36 weeks like PP said when most are head down. My niece turned from breech to head down the last couple weeks though.

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Right now my little bean is most often stretched out sideways Biggrin

No need to worry until later on. Mine both were head down around 36 weeks for good.

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It's hard to say...not until they fill out the womb more will they really stay in one position (and only because they literally have no more room to do a 180!)

With my other pregnancy (and I had a huge baby), I was able to make out parts very clearly from the outside. Feet and hands were always visibly "sticking out", and once I was able to feel and make out a leg and once I could feel the head. That's probably pretty common in most women that are further along, though. You can youtube some videos, and see some some "elbow sharks" (among other body parts).

Anyways, point being that maybe some women might be able to tell by feeling/seeing their babies body parts and determing from that, what position the baby is in? I tried but never could figure out how he was twisted in there!

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I think based on the way the kicks tend to go, my little guy prefers a transverse position.

I know his Dad was transverse until just before labor (and I know this because his Mother told me she had an x-ray done to determine position -:eek:)...and I guess I feel irrationally happy that he's taking after his Dad already, though it seems both small and silly and most definitely unscientific.