Baby position-- he's confusing me!

Discussion in 'Pregnancy - Third Trimester' started by JackiePed, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. JackiePed

    JackiePed Guest

    Ok... for a long time, I thought baby was transverse because I'd feel movement on both sides of my belly at the same time.
    However, weeks ago, and at every appointment since, doc has told me baby is head down. In fact, at my last appt, she said he's head-down and halfway engaged in the pelvis.

    So WHY do I feel SO MUCH movement... STRONG movement... on both sides simultaneously?? I know he COULD turn, but it's not likely he's turning transverse, then quickly going head-down when I'm at the doc's, then going back to transverse...then conveniently head-down again at doc's... you know? I'm pretty confident if he's been head-down for 3 appointments, and through all of that I've been feeling the kicks on both sides... that he really is head down through all this.

    I feel movement stronger on my right side, but I always get a good thump or two on my left side at the same time as my right when he gives good swift kicks and squirms.

    I am trying to picture how a baby can be head-down and still manage that... I'm getting a funny picture of a baby all sprawled out in my belly-- which obviously he's not...

    frog-legged? Totally normal?

    Anyone know much about baby position, or have this experience? Which way could baby be facing/laying?
  2. MummyMEE

    MummyMEE DS of 14/DD born Dec '11

    May 12, 2011
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    Sounds like we are both expecting octopi!! My LO was trasnsverse between 32 and 35 weeks and to be honest I still get kicks and jabs all over the place even now she is head down. OH saw her foot this morning sticking out the side just under my ribs - how does that happen??? Think she may be breakdancing....... lol xx
  3. BoBo

    BoBo Mummy to 2. 14mths apart

    Jan 19, 2010
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    You know, I could have written that!

    At all my appointments I was told they "think" baby is transverse. Last appointment (34 wks) my midwife said baby was head down and free. My bump has now dropped and I get stabbing pains in my cervix, so it does make sense, but baby does not feel like it has ever changed position. I always get something hard come up in the middle (now I assume is a bum) and then big thumps out of my right side (assume legs/feet), but then I sometimes also get something on my left side at exactly the same time as the right movement, almost like a big stretch across my belly???? Very strange!

    I have another appointment tomorrow so I'll ask her then. I am just petrofied of going into labour with a breech or transverse baby, especially as this one is measuring quite large!
  4. Little_bump

    Little_bump Well-Known Member

    Aug 11, 2011
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    Hey I can't really help but im exactly the same with feeling movement on both sides! Its even got to the point that when I get a braxton hick it looks oblong like as if he really is transverse!

    I had my midwife the other day and he said he is breech so opposite to you but do you feel big rolling movements up top aswell as to the sides?

  5. booboo42

    booboo42 mummy to twin girls

    Jul 28, 2011
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    as i am haiving twins i get a scan more often so i have been able to know for sure the position my babies are in (different every time!)

    mine most recently were both described as transverse but when i looked in my notes it said oblique for one and ceph oblique for the other.

    my leading twin is head down with her feet in my side and the other is head down on top of her with her hans in my right side and feet one in my side and the other under my ribs.

    i wonder if yours is like this so maybe although the head is down in your pelvis, the baby hands are on one side and then diagonally his feet and at the other side? what you describe does sound like what i am getting.

    i always imagined head down meant upside down like in the pictures/books but apparently not!
  6. Green Glitter

    Green Glitter Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2011
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    You know, this happens to me still... I feel most movement on my right but I'll feel a punch..kick? on the left here and there. I get a scan twice a week due to GD and baby is definitely head down. ;)
  7. robinator

    robinator Guest

    Beginning to wonder that myself. I keep getting jabs way over in my right side. I'm lost as to what she's doing in there....
  8. aley28

    aley28 2 boys & a girl <3

    Mar 29, 2011
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    I figure some of it is legs and some of it is arms. :haha: I get most noticeable kicks on my right side and then feel movement down by my left hip at the same time or directly after. :shrug:

    Babies ARE freakishly flexible..... :haha:

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