How to determine the position of the fetus?

Oksana Logunova
Oksana Logunova
February 25, 2013
How to determine the position of the fetus?

Every future mother is very interested to know how the baby is located in her stomach. This is important information for the course of labor. In this article we will describe how to determine the position of the fetus independently, without resorting to the help of doctors. This is best done after 30 weeks.

Where is the heart

With the help of a regular stethoscope, you need to "catch" the place where your child's heartbeat can be heard (120-160 beats per minute). This will be the upper back of the baby. Begin to listen to the left lower abdomen - this is where the heartbeat is heard in most of the little ones "standing in place."

With this method, you can determine whether the baby turned into a headache from the pelvic to childbirth. In the case of head presentation, the place where the heartbeat is best heard will be lower than in the pelvic. Perform daily special exercises in order for the fruit to turn over, and watch the changes in this place.

Belly Mapping

Before determining the position of the fetus, it is necessary to analyze the nature and range of movements of the child, and then test the baby by adopting a comfortable posture, lying or reclining. Based on these observations, you can make a so-called "abdominal map".

  • In that place where the strongest pushes are felt, there will be legs.
  • Where the light movements of small amplitude are felt, there will most likely be handles.
  • Bulging a large area will booty.
  • Where the stomach is more even and firm - the back.
  • In the place where the fetal heartbeat is best heard - the upper part of the back.

It is very important to know in which direction the back of the baby is facing: to mother’s back or to mother’s belly? If in the last months before birth, he lay back-to-back, then most likely he will be born from this position. In this case, the birth will be more painful and prolonged, and there is a high probability that they will end in a cesarean section.

Therefore, if you do not find the back of the baby when probing the abdomen, it is worth trying to “persuade” the baby to roll over. Recently, women lead a sedentary lifestyle: mostly half-sitting and reclining.Compared with arms and legs, the back is the heavier part of the fetus, and under the force of gravity, it itself tends to turn down towards her mother's back. This can be avoided if the expectant mother will actively move and try more often to take positions in which the force of gravity will pull the back of the baby to the mother's belly.

Sometimes a woman cannot “feel” a child. This happens if there is a lot of amniotic fluid, if the placenta is attached to the front of the uterus, or if there is a fatty layer through which something is very difficult to feel. Now you know how to determine the presentation of the fetus yourself.