Is this baby breech?
The only sure way to know is to have a sonogram (ultrasound). Even particularly awesome and experienced caregivers make mistakes when they feel your belly (called palpation). It is notoriously difficult to tell the difference between and head and a butt. Luckily it’s much easier when the baby is out. :)
If you think your baby has flipped, try to confirm, and then spend 20-60 min/day outside walking briskly to help the baby settle head down
Here are some things to watch out for that may mean your baby is breech:
It feels like something hard is up under your ribs.
You feel the strongest movements/kicks low in your belly.
A footling breech can feel like it’s going to kick through your cervix. One mother said, "The baby has made a treadmill of my bladder." Whereas with a Frank breech the legs are straight up and the baby’s movement is very restricted.
You can ask your caregiver to show you how to palpate to feel the position of your baby. You will naturally be quite gentle with your own baby and body and with a little instruction can try to feel some of your baby’s parts on your own.
Here are some palpation techniques (the kinds of things your caregiver is feeling for):
Feel the top of your belly for a curved shape. Cupping your hand around this curved part and push gently to see if a leg kicks out. If you feel a cylinder kind of shape (thigh) there with an accompanying kick, you are likely cupping a bum. The head, in contrast, will move independently of the rest of the body, with a kind of little wobble movement. No little wobble? Perhaps it’s a bum. More of a whole-tummy shift? Likely a bum.
Spinningbabies.com (a fabulous resource for turning and positioning your baby no matter what your status), says, “If we find cylinders low in the abdomen and a firm ball at the top we are considering a possible breech position.”
Map your belly! Use spinning babies techniques to determine if you have a breech baby.