Learning about your Preborn Baby’s Position…

Why is it so important?

Beginning to learn about the position of your preborn baby, is not only important in how it relates to your labor and delivery, it’s also about understanding how to communicate and bond with your Preborn baby.  Due to modern day technology, we now know that a Preborn baby has a high level of biological development, much earlier than 14 weeks.  

Your Preborn Baby’s Position….. Where to begin?

Over the decades, Dr. Van de Carr has helped many mothers-to be, find what position their baby is in. And yet, at any give time, it is not always easy for a pregnant mother to tell what position her baby is in.

The good news is that as your pregnancy progresses, your baby’s position, inside the womb, will become easier and easier to determine as you approach your seventh month of pregnancy. 

Many mothers-to-be may not be aware that as their baby arrives from the womb, they rotate through their mother’s pelvis. As a mother is enjoying the discovery of her baby’s position, she learns how her Preborn’s position can influence her baby’s rotation and movement through the birth canal.

The first thing a mother-to-be may ask… 

How Often Will I Feel the Movement of My Baby and When Will It Begin?

It is important to understand that every baby is different. Just like children and adults, some Preborn babies may be quiet, some active and others, less active. Once you do begin to feel movement, you may notice patterns of wakefulness as well as sleep patterns. At about 18-20 weeks, first time mothers will usually feel their Preborn baby’s first kick. If this is your second child, it is possible that you will experience kicks by 15-17 weeks. By the 28th week, you will begin noticing your Preborn baby’s patterns of sleep and wakefulness. You will notice that when your Preborn baby is awake, you will feel about 8 -10 movements during each 2 hour interval.

After you eat, you will likely notice more activity about 30 minutes after a meal, as your Preborn baby also experiences changes in your blood sugar levels. This is why the quality of your food and drink is so important to your Preborn baby. If you feel a significant change in your Preborn baby’s movement, or movement is consistently less then it was prior, then it is advised to call your doctor. At about 32 weeks, you will likely feel less movement due to the restriction of space within the womb, but when you lay on your left side, you should once again feel 8 – 10 movements within a 2 hour interval.

A couple of simple terms you will hear…

Here are some terms that will help you understand the new language you may be learning during your pregnancy:

Anterior Position means your baby’s back is facing your front. You’ll know this if you feel your baby kick under your ribs and/or your belly and navel pop out

Posterior Position means baby’s back is next to your back. You’ll know this if you feel your baby’s kick at the very front of your tummy and your belly appears slightly flatter.

In approximately the seventh month of pregnancy, you will begin to enjoy touching the shapes of your preborn baby. These are some of the shapes you may feel and begin to recognize.

“What should I look for?”

Knowing the shape of your baby’s bottom. 

If you feel your kicking above your belly button, then your baby is head down, a good position for labor and birth.

Breech or Not Breech?

Although you should talk to your doctor about any pain you are experiencing, you can watch for rib pain or extreme abdominal pain. In the later stages of pregnancy, if you experience rib pain or extreme abdominal pain, your baby’s position is likely head up.


If you do not have rib pain or abdominal pain, your baby is likely not breech and is head down. You

should still discuss any questions you might have about the position of your baby with your doctor.

Here’s a bit of good news…. Most breech babies will turn during labor, just before the pushing begins. Your doctor knows what is best for your baby and for you. Just keep following your doctor’s recommendations and keep up with regular check ups.

How to listen for your baby’s heartbeat…

You and your family can enjoy listening to your baby’s heartbeat by using a cardboard paper towel roll, a toilet paper roll, or a fetal stethoscope.

By listening for your baby’s heartbeat, you will be able to tell if your baby is head up or head down.



  1. If your baby’s heartbeat is low inside mom’s belly, then your baby is head down.
  2. If your baby’s heartbeat is above your belly button or level with it, then it is likely that your baby is head up.

What about hiccups?

If you feel your baby’s hiccups above your belly button or higher up in your belly, then more then likely, your baby is head up.

If you feel your baby’s hiccups lower in the lower part of your belly, then your baby is head down

Yes, Baby’s Change Position, Sometimes Every Few Hours…

Remember that most Preborn babies are very active inside the womb and will turn and turn and turn. Even during labor, you may find your baby changing position.


                       
                      


One last very important thing….

Our Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended and should not be construed as medical advice.

Please … consult your health care provider for all your questions.