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32 Weeks – Transverse Lie Fetal Position | Mother Rising

Last week I had an ultrasound (because of MTHFR I am more at risk for IUGR among other things, so ultrasounds help catch problems earlier) and everything looked great!

Biggest Question

My biggest question for the ultrasound tech was what position my baby was in.

I had a good idea that she was head down, and I also wanted to see what head down position she was in. Baby girl was definitely head down, but to pinpoint a position was quite difficult! At one point she was looking at my right hip and then she was looking up at the tech and I (posterior).

If any of you know me, you likely know how important I feel fetal positioning is for labor and birth. In my childbirth classes we talk about it A LOT.

In my personal life, this translates to me being hyper aware of my baby’s position.

Is your baby in the transverse lie position? What does this mean and what can be done about it?

Anyways, prior to the ultrasound (maybe at 30-31 weeks) baby girl was in a funky position, and MESSING with me big time. I was extremely uncomfortable, in pain at times and couldn’t sleep at night because of it.

Transverse Lie

The thing is, she was in the transverse lie position, also known as horizontal. Ouch! Her head was on my left side and her butt was pushing on my right side.

Yeah, sleeping on my side SUCKED. One night in particular I had to sleep sitting up. Good times.

How To Fix It

Of course, I was on the Spinning Babies website to try and figure out what I could do to put baby in a better position and make myself more comfortable.

I decided to do lots of inversions and I spent considerable time in hands and knees position OR open knee chest. Did you know that with pillows you can read a book on your hands and knees? 😉

Is your baby in the transverse lie position? What does this mean and what can be done about it?

Daily Essentials

The Daily Essentials video by Spinning Babies is the best resource I have ever seen on easing discomfort because of babies position, as well as optimizing your babies position for an easier and less painful birth.

Is your baby in the transverse lie position? What does this mean and what can be done about it?Now that she has flipped to head down, I am a lot more comfortable. I can sleep again!

Oh, except when I have insomnia or a foot cramp. Ha!

I’m so grateful to have things I can DO if I am in pain because of my baby’s position.

What About You?

Did you change positions to move your baby and therefore get more comfortable?


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Wednesday 25th of February 2015

Can you please provide me more information about making the baby move; I am 32 weeks pregnant and the baby girl is in the transverse position about 4 1/2 lbs at the moment....Please let me know what information you have to help move the baby down to a better position thanks.

Denise Howard

Monday 22nd of October 2012

YES! I remember I was complaining to you that L's position was so uncomfortable and you said simply, "so make her move." And I did an inversion and she moved and I felt a lot better. A little knowledge is awesome. :-)

Ruth Petty

Monday 22nd of October 2012

Glad you are feeling better! Love reading your posts!