How to Know if Baby is Head Down in Four Easy Ways

Are you near your due date? Are you excited to give birth to your beautiful and bouncing baby anytime soon? If that’s the case, then I am pretty sure you are wondering how to know if baby is head down.

Many of you may be asking why should it matter to you if your baby is head down or not. Well, the position of your baby will play a significant role on how easy the delivery process will be. According to, the head down position will make the labor fast and easy for mothers.

If you wish to know the current situation of the baby in your womb for your peace of mind, you will be glad to know that there are many ways on how you can do that! Read on to find out what these ways are!

What Does it Mean When Your Baby is Head Down

Baby is Head Down

The head down or anterior position means that the baby has his back against your belly and he is facing your back. In this position, his head is pointing downwards, and he fits your pelvis snugly.

In addition to that, this position also allows him to flex his neck and head and tuck his chin into his chest during labor. Because of this, the narrowest part of his head will be pressing against the cervix which can help it to open more, making your labor and delivery as hassle-free as possible.

What You Will Need

Here are some of the things you will need:

  • 30- week old pregnant belly
  • Fetal stethoscope or Doppler

The Step-By-Step Instructions

Keep in mind that the best time to determine the position of your baby is after 30 weeks of pregnancy so that the results will be more reliable. So how to know if your baby is head down? There are actually four different ways on how you can do that. These are as follows:

By Belly Shape

Believe it or not, the shape of your belly will tell you more than the gender of your baby - it can also show the position of your baby. While many people claim that this is an efficient way to determine position, determining the shape of your belly is quite subjective, so it may not be that reliable.

Step 1. Take a look at your belly.

Remove your top and take a look at the mirror. You can also ask your husband to do this with you so that the results will be more reliable.

Step 2. Determine the shape of your pregnant belly.

How do you determine the shape of your stomach? You simply need to ask yourself these questions - Is your belly rounded? Does your belly resemble the form of basketball? Does your belly stick out far as if you will be going into labor anytime soon?

Step 3. Know the verdict.

Know the verdict


If you have answered yes to all or majority of the questions asked above, then your baby is head down.

Pro Tip: The round shape of your belly is brought about by the curve of your baby’s back against your stomach just like the one shown in the picture.

By Baby’s Movements

If you wish to make sure that your child is head down, you need to do this test too. In this test, you will be feeling your baby’s movements.

Step 1. Wait for the baby to make some movements.

You will never know when your baby will make some movements so this may take a while.

Pro Tip: Lucky for you, there are some simple tricks on how you can make your baby move inside your womb. For one, you can try to change your current position. You can also try eating something sweet. Another trick is to listen to music or play music to your baby. Lastly, try drinking ice cold water.

Step 2. Feel the position of your baby’s kick.

The baby kick

Upon doing the tricks mentioned above, your baby will surely start kicking after a few minutes. Be alert and always be on the watch for these movements so you can identify its position.

To determine the position, ask yourself these questions - do you feel the movement of your baby under your ribs? Does your belly button feel like it is going to pop out every time he kicks?

Step 3. Know the verdict.

If you have answered yes to all of the questions mentioned above, it means that your baby is in a head down position!

By Baby’s Hiccups

Yes, your baby hiccups inside your tummy. And the position of his hiccups can also help you.

Step 1. Know what your baby’s hiccups feel like.

Of course, you need to know how to differentiate the feeling of hiccups from his kicks. As compared to the fluttering motion of his kicks, hiccups are more like jerky rhythmic movements and occurs only once a day or none at all.

Here’s a video of what a hiccup look like:

Step 2. Follow the hiccups.

To locate the position of your hiccups, here are some of the questions you should ask yourself - do the hiccups come from the lower part of your belly? Does it come from under your belly button?

Step 3. Know the verdict.

If you answered yes to these questions, congrats, your baby is in the head down position!

By Baby’s Heartbeat

This is the least subjective test of all because you will be using equipment that will tell you where the heartbeat is, so you do not have to make a guess about it!

Step 1. Get into position.

Lie down on the bed or stand up—do whatever is comfortable for you. Ask your husband or anyone at home to look and listen for your baby’s heartbeat using a fetal stethoscope or a doppler.

Step 2. Determine the position.

Baby's hearbeat


Once he has located the heartbeat, take a look at its location. Does the heartbeat come from the lower portion of your belly - under the belly button?

Step 3. Know the verdict.

If yes, then your baby is head down!

By Locating the Head

This simple test will require you to feel a lump in your belly which may indicate the head of your baby.

Step 1. Press on the lump at the top of your belly.

Look for the biggest lump at the top of your belly. Once you found that lump, apply gentle pressure on it.

Step 2. Wait for some movement.

Once you gently press on that lump, chances are, your baby will make some movements. If that’s the case, ask yourself this question - did you feel movements in areas other than the one you pressed?

Step 3. Know the verdict.

Yes, it means that you have pressed on your baby’s bottom and that your baby is in a head down position. If it is the lump that you have pressed that made the movements, it means that you are pressing on your baby’s head which shows that he is in a head up position.

You wish to make sure that you are determining the position of your baby the right way, it is recommended that you do all of the four tests mentioned above.


Happy woman

The position of your baby matters a lot because it will be a good indicator of how easy and efficient your labor and delivery will be. Lucky for you, there are many ways on how to tell if your baby is head down. These include locating the position of your baby’s head, heartbeat, movements, and hiccups.

For a reliable result, you should do the tests when you are already past your 30th week of pregnancy since the baby is already big at this point and may not be able to move around your belly that much anymore.

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Josephine Lesley

Hi! I am Josephine G Lesley. I love children! In fact, I am an obstetric nurse and my passion is to ensure that each and every child on my watch will receive the proper care and utmost love that they deserve. I treat each child that I meet as my own and I am happy to be always surrounded with cute and loving children not just at work but also at home. I am actually a mom to a 4-year-old child and I am preparing to welcome another child soon! Because of my work and my family life, I believe that I have gained some amazing insights on child care and rearing and I want to share with you all of my knowledge through this blog. I am doing this in the hopes that I can be able to help other people in their motherhood journey! I hope you will enjoy reading my blog as I enjoyed writing it for you!

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