Hello - I had a midwife appointment yesterday (am 30+2), and at yesterday's and the previous appointment (27+2), the midwife checked the baby's position with rather vigorous pressing. I've just read on baby centre that they wouldn't normally even start doing that until 36 weeks.
Now - I found it quite uncomfortable (and would the baby? she was pressing far far harder than I ever would), so am assuming I can ask them to back off at my next appointment? And, at what stage did other people have the midwives start vigorous palpating?
Babycentre is wrong. It is usual to start checking the position around then, especially with a first baby as the baby can engage quite early. If the baby is found to be in an unfavourable position the MW could advise you on things to do to get it into a better one.
It can be a bit uncomfortable but it shouldn't be painful - and certainly won't be for the baby, don't worry
It is too soon to start worrying about it but you could google Spinning Babies to find out some things you can do to get your baby moving. I read somewhere that a bag of frozen peas applied to the top of your bump can shift the little fellow