Not The Ideal Position To Be In: 24 Weeks Pregnant

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June 11, 2014

Some of you have asked, “why the nickname ‘Pelé’ for your baby?”

Here’s why:


This is Pelé, a retired Brazilian footballer regarded by many to be the best player of all time.

Pelé was famous for the “bicycle kick“, which is depicted above.  He’d hurdle himself into the air and deliver a massive overhead, backwards kick… it’s kinda how I imagine Li’l Pelé looks when he’s kicking the crap out of me all day, every day.

I’m serious.  This baby is crazy active.  It’s incredibly reassuring feeling so much commotion in there (my midwife tells me there’s no such thing as “too much” movement), but it can get pretty uncomfortable when he’s bopping up a storm just as I’m trying to go to bed.

Back to the bicycle kicking.  You’ll see in the picture the person delivering the kick is horizontal in the air (CRAZY!!!).

My midwife confirmed at our last appointment that Li’l Pelé is currently transverse, which means he is lying straight across my belly rather than the optimal head down position.


Peleé bicycle kicking + Li’l Pelé lying transverse = same, same 

I’ve had a hunch that this was the case for some time now – his kicks have been erratic and all over the place since the very first one I felt.  Bee was head down right from the start, so from experience I know the difference between a settled baby  vs. a crazy, wiggly, can’t-decide-where-I-want-to-go-next  baby.

Apparently at 24 weeks pregnant though, the lie of the baby doesn’t matter… not yet, anyway.

“You don’t need to worry,” my midwife assured me.  “There’s still so much room in there still, the baby can flip-flop around for another few weeks, be in different positions, and it’s totally fine.  It’s not until you’re 32 weeks along that we need him to be head down.”

“Sooooo, what if he’s not head down by then,” I gurgled through the sweat pouring down my face.

“Well that’s when we decide which measures to take to make sure he gets that way before you deliver.”

I went home feeing not-so-great about this news and, despite knowing better, took to Dr. Google to ask him what those “measures” she spoke of might be.

Now, I say “despite knowing better” because generally I hate Googling stuff like this.  I really do, because I stumble across tidbits like this:

“Most fetuses in transverse lie early in pregnancy convert to a cephalic (or breech) presentation by term. The later in pregnancy the transverse lie is diagnosed, the more likely it is to persist.” – Robert A Strauss, MD; Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (c/o

I have a lot of stress over the thought of having a breech baby.  Without going into detail, my family suffered an incredible loss a couple years back because of an undiagnosed breech situation.

So seeing a fact like that… made me want to puke.

After further digging, I found there are lots of natural methods I can do at home help Pelé turn around – meaning I don’t necessarily have to worry about having to have him externally “turned” by hand (oh my GOD, that sounds brutally uncomfortable). offers up lots of tutorials and advice on how to gently coax that little baby into the head down position, and I plan on starting them as soon as I get the go-ahead from my midwife.

For now though, I just have to breathe… and focus on those amazing, impressive kicks from my little boy, telling me that no matter which position he ends up in,  he  – we – will be a-okay.

On a lighter note….

How Big Is Pelé This Week?


An ear of corn!  Yummy!  I love corn!  Not quite in season, but still delicious no doubt!

Babycentre has a slideshow, “How Big Is Your Baby“, where you can scroll along and see pictures of vegetables that represent the size of your babe each week.  It’s cute… but I found as I scrolled through to 24 weeks that I forgot what I was doing exactly, and started getting really, really hungry.

Mmmmmm…. corn…..


5 thoughts on “Not The Ideal Position To Be In: 24 Weeks Pregnant

    nburnie said:
    June 25, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I’m telling you, even with baby in a head down position, I feel like I have a little Pele (or in my case Rooney) inside of me too!

    Sara said:
    June 25, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Try not to worry too much. J was breech until 38 weeks. He’ll turn. Until then go swimming, do inverted headstands against the wall and relax! I’m totally convinced that keeping everything nice and loose will leave enough room for him to flip flop.

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