Pregnancy, especially during the third trimester, can be incredibly tired all the time!
What with all the changes taking place inside your body and all the strangers offering well-meaning, sometimes overwhelming advice. The problem with this is no two pregnancies are the same, which means there is no such thing as a correct or definitive answer.
A common question from expectant moms is "how to tell if baby is head down?" It’s an important one because this position means your child is ready to make his or her grand entrance into the world.
There are a few signs that will help locate where your baby’s head is. But usually, depending on you and your child, it’s between 28 and 32 weeks, otherwise at 36 weeks and for some moms, it only happens a few minutes before labor begins.
And then there are those cases where babies didn't turn down at all!
Before we look at the signs that baby is head down, we’re going to tell you why this particular position helps with labor.
With baby in the head down position, labor is likely to be easier and possibly quicker because they fit into the curve of your pelvis. This helps in many ways, including:
It’s important to remember that your baby is very active in the womb and his position might change several times, even while you’re in labor.
Although an ultrasound can tell you where your baby is located, you can also do belly mapping yourself to work this out. It’s not an essential thing to learn or do, but it will leave you feeling empowered, which is never a bad thing.
If you can feel a lump nearer the top of your belly, push gently on it. Signs that baby is head down include:
Presentation is the position of a fetus in relation to the cervix when you deliver your baby:
1. Cephalic or Head-First Presentation: baby is head down and facing your back. This is considered to be the best (and most common, about 97%) birthing position.
2. Breech or Feet-First Presentation: if your baby is in this position (about 3%), most of the time, you have to give birth by cesarean section (C-section) for your safety.
Learn more at medlineplus.gov
If you realize baby isn’t head down, don’t panic!
Sometimes, stress and tension can hold your baby in positions that aren’t ideal. Also, you don’t want to stress the baby out while he’s in the womb. A chiropractor can help as well as a prenatal massage.
There is also a high chance he’ll turn during labor, but if you want to put your mind at ease, there are other things to do to get baby in the best position and keep him there. The good news is most are just good habits to adopt anyhow.
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Amy Duncan is the founder of KindMommy, a blog where she's providing helpful information about pregnancy and many useful tips for young parents. Besides writing, Amy loves to cook and travel with her friends and family. You can also find Amy on Twitter (@AmyKindmommy).