The position of your baby’s head in the womb can decide whether he is alive when being born. If he is head up, the most crucial part of his body will come out last during labor, which can easily cause suffocation. The circumstance can become even more dangerous when his head is much larger than his bottom and legs but can get stuck in your pelvis.
Unfortunately, there are still a significant number of mothers having this situation and don’t know how to identify it to protect their kid. I used to be one of them when I was pregnant Lil, my firstborn. Therefore, in this article today, I will introduce to you how to tell if baby is head down.
I hope that you will find the most appropriate way for you and prevent dangerous risks from occurring to your baby after reading the following content.
What Are the Signs of Your Baby’s Head Down Position?
1. Your Pain
The very first and one of the most reliable signs for mothers like us to identify their baby’s head position is feelings. If you pay a little attention to any pain or strange feelings, you will be able to discover your baby’s state.
A severe abdominal pain, which is near or under your ribs, is often a sign of baby’s head up. If you are in the later phase of your pregnancy, the chances are even much higher. That’s when your baby is almost entirely developed, and his head gets bigger. If it is not in a low position; as a result, his head will bother your ribs and create the pain.
When having such feelings, my advice is to visit your doctor’s office to check and receive the best advice.
2. Your Baby’s Kicks
The next sign comes from your baby. His head is usually down if you feel the kicks in the following positions:
- Under Your Ribs
When your navel starts bulging and you feel your baby’s kicks under your ribs, his head is usually down. It is also called anterior position, which your baby is head down and his back faces your tummy.
- The Front of Your Tummy
In contrast to the previous position, if you feel your baby’s kicks at the front of your tummy, your baby’s head is often down and his back faces your spinal column. This is called posterior position. Although it does not affect your baby much, it requires you to give much more effort when laboring than the anterior position.
In my opinion, visiting a doctor to have your baby spin is the most optimal choice in this situation. I used to do that before to giving birth to my daughter; and honestly, without it, the labor time would have been much harder than I expected.
These were some tips that I also often applied and very efficient. You can use them to test whether your baby’s head is up or down.
- Push Your Lump
To implement this, you need to stand up and look at your abdominal part in the mirror. If you can see a lump at the top of your belly, try pressing on it. How do you feel?
If the entire body of your baby moves, you are pressing on his bottom. That means his head is in a low position. Otherwise, if you can only feel a little movement right on the lump without any other motions, you are pressing on your baby’s head.
- Push Your Pubic Bone
Pubic bone is a part of your pelvis and plays an important part in creating it. The bone is located on the bottom of your belly, near your sexual organs. When you slightly press on it and feel a round and hard thing, it is your baby’s head. On the contrary, if it is soft, you are pressing on your baby’s bottom.
4. Your Baby’s Hiccups
From the seventh month of your pregnancy, your baby’s nervous central system is almost complete and can control the hiccups. I often used this sign to identify whether Lil’s head was in the right position in the last months before laboring. It was easy to find out because he hiccupped quite a lot.
Your belly will be the most common place to notice. If you feel hiccups in a position which is lower than your belly, your baby is much likely head down. And if them in a position higher than your stomach, his head is up.
5. Your Baby’s Heartbeat
This method is used more widely by doctors when you come to antenatal clinics for the ultrasound. However, you can do it at home if you want to identify where your baby’s head is.
You can use a stethoscope if you have one like me. Otherwise, a cup or even an-used-up paper roll will be accepted. Have your partner press it on your belly and ask him to listen to the child’s heartbeat. If he can hear the pounding sound in the middle or above your stomach, your baby is head up. Nevertheless, if it is in a low position; congratulations, your child’s head is down.
I think you have probably discovered your baby’s head position by now. That is what I expect most when writing this article. If you have any questions or comment, do not hesitate to send me. I would love to discuss with you. Lastly, thank you for reading my “how to tell if baby is head down” writing and see you in my subsequent articles.