8 Ways To Determine Your Baby’s Position In The Womb Right Now

baby-foot-on-mommys-belly-by-scratch.jpg Your doctor can tell precisely what position your baby is in.

However, it’s not always so easy for the mom-to-be to tell which position her baby is in at any given moment.

As you progress farther along in your pregnancy, it will become easier to determine your baby’s position inside the womb.

You will start to notice some "signs".

Here’s how you can determine the position of your unborn baby yourself:


If your belly and navel pop out and/or you feel kicks under your ribs, chances are your baby is in the anterior position, with his or her back facing your front.

If your belly appears slightly flatter and/or you feel your baby’s kicks at the very front of your tummy, your baby is probably in the posterior position, with his or her back next to your back.

If you feel a lump near the top of your belly (usually on one side or the other) push lightly on it. Then:

  • If you feel the whole baby move, he or she is most likely head down, meaning you pushed on the baby’s bottom.

  • If the lump you feel moves by itself, without the rest of the baby’s body re-situating inside your belly, then that lump is probably the baby’s head, which moves independently of the rest of the baby’s body.

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

If the baby’s hiccups are higher up in your belly, or even above your belly button, then your baby is most likely head up.

If the baby is kicking above your belly button, he or she is head down and in a good position for labor and birth.

If you’re feeling extreme abdominal and rib pain, and you’re in the later stages of pregnancy, then your baby is probably head up with his or her head close to or under your ribs. If you don’t have this pain, your baby is probably head down, not breech.

Using a fetal stethoscope (or even a toilet paper roll), have your partner listen for your baby’s heartbeat. Then:

  • If the baby’s heartbeat is low in your belly, the baby is head down.

  • If the baby’s heartbeat is either level with or above your belly button, the baby is head up.


Round And Round We Go

Keep in mind, most babies are fairly active inside the womb and they turn a lot — even during labor. So, chances are, whatever position your baby is in now will not be the same position he or she will be in a few hours from now.

What is "quickening" during middle pregnancy? Learn what to expect those first few times you feel your baby moving inside the womb and why it’s important to count your baby’s movements.



Fetal Positions Inside The Womb

To give you an idea, the most common positions that babies assume in the womb are:

optimal position — the baby’s head is down and the baby is facing the mother’s back. This is the optimal and most common birthing position

occiput or cephalic — the baby’s head is down, and the baby is facing the mother’s abdomen. This position results in back pain and a prolonged labor.

transverse — the baby is lying crosswise in the uterus, side-to-side over the mother’s pelvis, in a horizontal position rather than vertical. Usually, the baby’s head will be tilted more toward one side of your pelvis or the other and the baby’s shoulder will be pointing toward the birth canal.

complete breech — the baby’s head is up, so his or her bottom will enter the birth canal first. Both the hips and the knees are flexed (or bent).

frank breech — the baby’s head is up, so his or her bottom will enter the birth canal first. The hips are flexed (bent), while the the knees extended straight out.

footling breech — the baby’s head is up, and one or both of the baby’s feet are pointed down toward the birth canal.


If Your Baby Is In The Breech Position…

The good news is there is no reason to become stressed if your baby is breech or not head down even during the late stages of pregnancy, because most breech babies turn just before the pushing stage during labor.

As long as you’ve been getting regular check-ups and following your doctor’s advice throughout the pregnancy, then you have nothing to worry about. When the time comes to deliver your baby, your doctor will know what is best for you and your baby and if a cesarean section is necessary or not.



Baby Position In The Womb

Optimum Fetal Position

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Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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  • Katie_ross_12

    Yes i agree that is kool. I am about to be a mommy and i know i cant wait until i can experience that for myself. Thats gonna be the best feeling in the world to me.

  • Tr3y3

    Around how many weeks is the woman in the video?  

  • Subknit

    If you’re getting kicks above the belly button the baby might not be head down – it could be frank breech. Just sayin’.

    And instead of just trusting to your doctor’s judgement (and vacation schedule), maybe offer some strategies to encourage a breech baby to turn – Spinningbabies.com has some stretches and positioning exercises moms can do to help their baby flip.

  • Mommy2be

    I’m from South Africa and I think the gynaes here are sooooo quick to cut. My gynae says my baby is breech and he wants to caesar at 37 weeks. I’ve just turned 32 weeks. I think he is too hasty and like this article says, baby’s can turn just before labour commences, thats why I’m changing to a midwife if all else is well.
    Thanks for this article. You would think that since we are a third world country we’d have more natural births, when it is the complete opposite. Really irks me.

  • taynia

    i feel a lot of movement on the upper part of my belly a lot more than the occasional prods down in my hoo-ha. but i still wonder what position my baby girl is in

  • MRS.G

    One statement possibly wrong. If you feel the hiccups lower in your belly the baby is probably head down. I was feeling the hiccups right around my pelvic area and the baby was head up. An ultrasound confirmed what I was feeling.The kicks I thought I was feeling in my ribs were actually little hands. Now I’m feeling the hiccups on the left side of my belly near my navel. This is the first baby I’ve had to stay head up for so long.

  • Monique

    I’m on my 30 weeks now and I was wondering because I was experiencing like beating per second on my lower belly and the beating is very clear. Do you guys know what this is? I am king of worried.

    • Shamy


  • Emma

    I’m at about 38 weeks and he’s beating me up from the inside. I feel like he’s head down with his back to the right a bit. I keep feeling little limbs in my left side mostly and the hiccups are definitely low in my tummy. I wanna know if it’s normal to be kicked in the lungs, though. Sometimes air is forced out and I cough like something hit me in the bottom of my diaphragm/lungs.

    • Charmaine Conell

      Iam 35 weeks an my is doing the same thing almost as if iam going to die sometimes. She sits on right on my lungs all the time making it very difficult to breed. Nothing I do seen to be helping. I trying laying on both of my side an my back switching position but it get worst the closer time for my due date. Hope you feel better soon. Praying is great because there is nothing we can do at this point. We just have to wait. Good luck

  • https://leeannminton.wordpress.com/ Leeann Minton

    I’m 33 weeks and had been really curious how to determine the position of baby. Excellent and very useful article. Baby seems to be sleeping right now so not 100% sure what direction he’s in at this very moment, but he does seem to be comfortable going back and worth between the head up and head down positions which makes me confident that he will turn and face the direction he should when the big day finally does arrive.