What Does It Feel Like When A Baby Drops? 6 Signs You Need To Know
The late stages of pregnancy can make you feel quite nervous especially if you have not given birth before. During the last weeks of your pregnancy, you will experience a lot of changes in your body. One thing that can significantly affect your body is the dropping or lightening stage.
If you have no idea whatsoever about the drop, don’t worry because you have come to the right place. In this article, you will find out more about what happens during this stage including what does it feel like when a baby drops, what changes in your body you will experience, and how you can cope with the effects of the dropping stage.
I hope that by the end of this article, you will have gained enough knowledge to boost your confidence as a mother to bravely bear the changes you will experience on the later stages of your pregnancy. So without further ado, here are a couple of things you should know about dropping.
What Is Dropping?
Dropping, or lightening, is a term that simply refers to the pregnancy stage where the mother’s baby bump will get lower.
Dropping occurs when the baby has dropped down into the mother’s birth canal. This stage happens to prepare you and your baby for labor a couple of weeks before you deliver.
However, not all women experience the drop stage during the same time. Some women don’t even experience it until they are at the first phase of labor.
When Does Dropping Occur?
Though I have mentioned that not all women experience the dropping phase at the same time, it often occurs anytime between the mid-pregnancy stage and the mid-labor stage.
The dropping phase can occur as early as 25 weeks into your pregnancy, or on the day of your labor.
On the other hand, the dropping stage isn’t really a requirement pre-labor. So don’t get worried if you don’t experience it. You should actually be really glad if your baby hasn’t dropped until your labor day because the dropping phase can lead to changes in your body that can be quite discomforting.
Since the dropping phase lets your baby move down to your pelvic area, pressure will be put in your pelvis. This can cause you to gain limited range of movements or put you in a rather discomforting position until you give birth.
Signs Your Baby Has Dropped
If you haven’t given birth before, it can be very understandable if you feel like you don’t know what’s going on in your body. As I have said, you will experience a lot of changes during your late pregnancy stage.
A couple of changes you will experience during the late stage of your pregnancy will occur because of the drop.
If you experience these following signs and symptoms, there’s a very large chance that your baby has entered your birth canal.
Once your baby has dropped down to your birth canal, you will feel like it’s easier to breathe. According to the American Pregnancy Association, easier breathing is caused by the reduced pressure on your diaphragm once your baby has dived deep into your pelvis.
Though frequent urination is a symptom you will experience on the early stages of your pregnancy, it’s a symptom that will be exacerbated by the drop. Once the drop occurs, your baby will be pushing downward on your bladder, creating more pressure that can lead to more frequent trips to the restroom.
#Changes In Your Appearance
At the middle stages of pregnancy, your baby will be placed near your diaphragm, making you have a perky baby bump. But once dropping occurs, your baby will be placed on the lower part of your torso, making your baby belly rest near your waistline or below it.
However, if your body has carried your baby in the center of your torso instead of below your breasts, you may not experience such changes in your baby bump.
Having your baby near your stomach can create several discomforts related to digestion including gas, bloating, and heartburn. When your baby has dropped down to your pelvis, your stomach will have more room to effectively digest the food you intake. You may even find yourself being able to eat larger meals at this stage.
When your baby has dropped down to your pelvic area, pressure will be put on both your rectal and vaginal areas. Such pressure can increase your risk of getting hemorrhoids or constipation.
#Discomfort In The Pelvis
Having a moving baby in your pelvic area can significantly lead to discomfort in your vagina and rectum. The discomfort you will feel can range from tolerable to highly painful.
How To Relieve Discomfort During The Dropping Phase
Since the dropping phase can cause a lot of changes in your body that can lead to discomfort, it would be wise to know about the different things you can try to relieve the pain you feel around your pelvis.
If you ever feel any discomfort during the drop phase, try these following tips:
- Lay on your back on a flat yet comfortable surface like a yoga mat or a firm mattress. Try some pelvic tilts to relieve the pressure in your pelvis. You can also try gently elevating your hips while breathing deeply.
- Lay down on your tub and take a warm bath. Doing so will make you feel less pressure on your pelvic area since you won’t be in an upright position.
- Use a belly sling to support the weight your belly is putting on your pelvis. But before you use one, consult your practitioner first.
- Seek a therapist for a prenatal massage. Make sure that the therapist you are seeing is fully certified and licensed before you get your massage.
- Seek out your practitioners help on using pain relievers that won’t affect your pregnancy. Your practitioner may provide you with pain relievers or muscle relaxant if you are experiencing severe pain.
When To Seek Medical Help
A lot can go on during the late stages of your pregnancy. If you ever experience these following signs, be sure to seek help from your practitioner.
- If you are experiencing preterm labor while you’re less than 37 weeks into your pregnancy
- If your water breaks
- If you feel like you are leaking amniotic fluids
- If your vagina is bleeding
- If you experience recurring pain in your vagina
- If your baby starts to move less or doesn’t move
Do take note that you should always check with your practitioner if you are feeling other unnatural symptoms during your pregnancy. Do not be shy to seek out medical help any time during your pregnancy, it’s always better to act safe.
A Quick Recap
The dropping phase during the late stage of your pregnancy can be nerve-wracking, especially if you are a new mother. This stage shows that you are very close to labor, making it something that you should look out for.
To make sure that you are currently experiencing the drop, just refer to the signs stated in this article and consult your practitioner to further confirm how your baby is doing.
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