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at about how many weeks to they start checking to make sure baby is head down?

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Asked by young-not-dumb at 9:43 PM on Oct. 2, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • Depends on the doctor.
    My doctor checks every appointment before they listen to the heartbeat. When she detects he's head down she tells me.
    Some doctors do Vaginal exams to determin that around 30+ weeks. Others, like my doctor doesn't do a vaginal exam until the appointment right before the due date.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 9:46 PM on Oct. 2, 2010

  • usually when they start checking your cervix, so around 36 weeks for me

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 9:47 PM on Oct. 2, 2010

  • I think my doctor is going to check for that around 32-36wks

    Answer by ladyambition at 11:22 PM on Oct. 2, 2010

  • At every appointment they palpate and as baby gets bigger the body parts and positioning become more easily detected. So the answer is, always, every time. :-)

    They aren't "making sure," they are just becoming aware.

    Answer by doulala at 11:23 PM on Oct. 2, 2010

  • A vaginal exam is not necessary for most Drs to tell if baby is head down. The can usually tell by external manipulation, feeling through your belly. Plus, even if baby is head down when checked there is no guarantee that they'll stay that way. My son was head down on a Mon (confirmed by u/s), by Thu he had turned breech. And this was all at 41+w. He was 10 days past due when I went into labour. I laboured for 16 hours before we discovered he was breech.

    Answer by canadianmom1974 at 11:26 PM on Oct. 2, 2010

  • @canadianmom, that's scary, how did you find out he was breech in the middle of labor? I'm super afraid of that happening this time around, i just don't know why, i wasn't as worried about this with my daughters...

    Comment by young-not-dumb (original poster) at 12:19 AM on Oct. 3, 2010

  • Maybe be a surprise, but not necessarily "scary."
    (Unless there was a complication.)

    Babies are born vaginally breech everyday-- some of them are surprises...

    The position will be noted in the chart (like ROA, LOA, OP).

    You are afraid of breech? Are you reading, researching, preparing?


    Answer by doulala at 1:37 AM on Oct. 3, 2010

  • Yes I've been reading and researching. right now I'm reading "The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth" and I will be taking my hypnobirthing classes in a couple weeks. I know babies CAN be born breech, but i also know it can be very dangerous for the baby. I am also afraid of getting an epidural or C-section. I realize that there are some situations I can't control, but I am trying to avoid any of these things :)

    Comment by young-not-dumb (original poster) at 2:05 AM on Oct. 3, 2010

  • Do you have a vaginal breech-experienced midwife / OB?
    Are you planning a hospital / out-of-hospital birth?
    It's great to hear you are reading and learning more about your concerns.
    You said you were super afraid~ getting the info you need to move past *or* deal if it becomes an issue is a HUGE help!

    Answer by doulala at 2:24 AM on Oct. 3, 2010

  • Explore each worry with questions:

    ° What would you do if this worry /fear actually came true?

    ° What do you imagine your partner and/or birth attendant would do/say?

    ° What would it mean about you as a mother if this happened?

    ° How have you faced crises in the past?

    ° What, if anything, can you do to prepare for, or even prevent, what you are worrying about? What is keeping you from doing it?

    ° If there is nothing you can do to prevent it, how would you like to handle the situation?

    Answer by doulala at 2:24 AM on Oct. 3, 2010

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