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When does the baby flip into head-down? mama_artz 2 kids; North Dakota 202 posts
22nd Dec '07

I had my 20-week ultrasound last week and the tech told me the baby was lying transverse, but it wasn't a big deal. I know he's a rolly little guy and always moving, and flipping. But my question is this... Does anyone know when the baby is suppose to settle into the head-down position?

Liberty & Layton's Mommy Due June 6 (boy); 1 child; Cleburne, Texas 653 posts
22nd Dec '07

My doc told me I was breech at my 23 week appointment... she said we dont need to start worrying until week 30 which she then is going to give a another sonogram. But just in the past week I have noticed the baby kicking up high where my ribs are so I do believe she has flipped. Sometimes they dont flip until like week 33 or 34 I think

Hannahs Mommy 1 child; Arizona 911 posts
22nd Dec '07

I am almost 25 weeks and my baby has flipped into head down in the last couple of days.

Mrs.Calvert(realtalk) 18 kids; Ohio 3977 posts
22nd Dec '07

at about 24-30 weeks

PinkMama08 New York 7 posts
22nd Dec '07

Ive read that the baby flips between the 32nd and 35th week.... BUT im somewhere between my 29th and 30th week ( depending who u ask) and i can feel my baby has already flipped....its much harder near my abs and I can feel all his kicks near my rib cage

mammab1203 1 child; West Virginia 1010 posts
23rd Dec '07

LoL I've got a different story from everyone else! I'm 33 weeks, had an unscheduled ultrasound ( I thought I was leaking fluid--I wasn't) and she's breech! It was hard to actually DO the ultrasound because her head was wedged under my ribcage and her legs were curled so tightly under her butt the poor technician couldn't see much! I've heard that "she's supposed to have turned by now" but most of what I hear is that she's got PLENTY of time to turn! The baby can even turn overnight.... and that can be the day before you go into labor! My grandmother was a nurse for like 30 years or so and she said that the baby is supposed to be breech at 33 weeks... she can/will flip... she's just not ready yet :) So, I'm stuck dealing with a head pressing against my ribs and feet tap dancing on my bladder and pelvic areas! UGH As long as she's healthy, I don't mind how she comes out. I'd like to have her naturally, but if for some freak reason she doesn't flip, I'll just prepare myself for a c-scection. There's ALWAYS time... somehow babies just know what they're supposed to do.

mama_artz 2 kids; North Dakota 202 posts
23rd Dec '07

Thank you for all your responses. I wasn't worried yet, but I could see myself getting there before long! Thanks for all your responses.

mammab1203 1 child; West Virginia 1010 posts
23rd Dec '07

your welcome, sweetie! that's what we're here for... right?! :) I don't claim to know everything... I actually don't claim to know much at all... I just speak from experience. ....lol... my doctor tells me that I read too many pregnancy books!

Wyatt, Bristol and Camden Due May 24; 3 kids; Gardiner, 4068 posts
24th Dec '07

As soon as I saw this tread I had to read! LOL! My son is lying basicly transverse, or at least that's how he seems to like to stay.... With his head on one side or the other, with his little feet wedged down between my hips and bladder! I'm actaully hoping that he's going to decide to go head down before too long because it's agony on my lower back and hips the way he likes to sit. And what's worse is my cousin had terrible back labor with both of her boys and so far my pregnancy has been a mirror image basicly to hers! I'm really anxious to have him get into a better position so that I'm not getting as much pressure down low as I have been....

mom of three kiddos! 3 kids; Texas 5868 posts
24th Dec '07

I was told as long as baby flips by 35 weeks or so you will be fine for vag delivery. After that baby is too big and most likly isnt going to turn after that.

Holden's Mom 1 child; Arizona 6830 posts
24th Dec '07

Yeah I think normal is before 35 weeks. My son didn't turn breech but he managed to turn posterior in less than 24 hours. I went in to have a U/S because I was measuring large for dates and they said he was anterior and the next day I was induced because of preeclampsia and because I was having back labor they kept asking are you sure he's anterior? And I was like yes, he was on the u/s yesterday. Sure enough he came out sunny side up.

*SoMeR~AiDeN* 1 child; Big Spring, Texas 3160 posts
24th Dec '07

My Dr told me that my baby was down at my 32 week appointment!! I probably could have told him that myself because I constantly have feet in my ribcage!!

Charmie77 Due November 4 (girl); USA 1 posts
2nd Oct '10

I saw my doctor this week at 35 weeks and the baby is still breach. Head all the way at the top, legs are down by my hips. My doc keeps telling me her head is kinda big....I'm wondering what the odds are on her turning going forward. She is 5lbs and 10 ounces according to the ultrasound...:) Truth is a c-section doesn't scare me in the slightest....a natural delivery scares me to kindgom come...I've had abdominal surgeries and I know I can deal with the after pain...well THANKS...to anyone who responds.