The Baby Drop In Pregnancy: All You Need To Know

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A Baby Drop During Pregnancy

Baby dropping or lightening is the movement of the baby to the lower part of the pelvis. For first-time moms, it can occur in the latter half of the third trimester, a few weeks before the birth; for second-timers, it may happen a few hours before labor. Visible signs include a change in the shape of your abdomen, ease in heartburn, frequent urination, and ease in breathing.

For an expectant mother or father, concerns around the arrival of the baby become palpable in the last trimester. A term you’ll hear a lot around this time is the “dropping” of the baby. Don’t worry, though – it isn’t as scary as it sounds. This is one of the final stages of pregnancy that will lead to the arrival of your precious little one. You’ll also discover that baby dropping actually translates to an improved appetite as heartburn eases. Plus, quite literally, you will also be able to breathe easy!


Baby Dropping: Baby Moves To The Lower Part Of Pelvis

Baby dropping (lightening) is the point during your pregnancy when the baby moves into the lower section of your pelvis. This happens when you are nearly at full term. As the fetus shifts or “drops” lower into your uterus, you experience a sudden lightness or relief due to the easing of pressure on your diaphragm. The baby is no longer pressing up against your rib cage. This shift happens as the baby gears up for the final phase before birth. During the end of labor, the baby finally exits the birth canal through your uterus, cervix, and vagina. The movement to the lower pelvis, closer to the opening of the cervix, happens in readiness for what is to follow.

Baby Drops In The Latter Half Of The Third Trimester

Knowing when your baby will drop isn’t an exact science. And while the dates may vary for each woman, there are some general milestones. Most baby drops tend to happen after the 35-week mark. In general, it typically happens in the third trimester toward the latter half of the pregnancy.

The timing may also vary depending on whether this is your first pregnancy. According to the US National Institutes of Health, lightening usually happens a couple of weeks (or even a month) before the actual labor begins in first-time mothers. It can happen later for others.


Not all babies drop well before they are born, though. As the UK National Health Services explains, if this isn’t your first pregnancy, the baby may not even drop or move down until you go into labor.

Symptoms Include Feeling Of Lightness And Ease In Heartburn

If you’ve already had a child, chances are that you’ll know what to look for. First-time moms can watch for these signs to know that the baby has dropped.

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