Read about head-down fetal positions here. Go to the Breech section to read about head-up babies.
The Belly Mapping how-to article may give you clues to your own baby's position.
“Transverse Lie” means a sideways position. The baby has his head to one of his mother’s sides and the bottom across her abdomen at her other side. This is normal before, and at, 26 weeks, but by 29-30 weeks we expect babies to be head down, or at least breech. If not, this article outlines what to do, easy ways to fix it, and what to do if they don't - read the stories, too.
The word transverse is also used in phrases describing two head down positions: Left occiput transverse (an ideal starting position) and right occiput transverse. These head down positions means baby is facing mother's hip.
The left occiput anterior position is often the easiest fetal position for the start of labor.
Babies settle in the LOA position naturally when the womb is pretty well balanced. This position helps the baby be in the smallest diameter to fit the pelvis.
Click "Read LOA" to see pictures and understand more.