You're coming to the end of your pregnancy, and you've had it with the heartburn and heavy breathing. You've been crossing off the days on your calendar and are counting down until you meet your new baby. But how do you know when your body is getting ready for the main event? If you've had all the heartburn you can take, you probably want to know the signs your baby has dropped.
According to WebMD, as the third trimester of pregnancy comes to a close, the baby will "drop" lower into the pelvis. This process is commonly called "lightening." Some of the signs that lightening has occurred include and less frequent heartburn, easier breathing, and an increased urge to pee.
According to Dr. Sears, most first-time moms will find that their baby drops somewhere around the last two weeks of their pregnancy. With pregnancies after the first, the baby will drop when labor is ready to begin, since the pelvis has already been stretched with the first delivery.
If you're counting down the days until your little one arrives, look for some of these signs that your baby has dropped and that labor will be starting soon. And if he has, enjoy your last few moments alone with your partner on the couch. Things are about to get real.
1You'll Have To Pee
When your baby drops, your uterus will practically be laying on your bladder. As a result, you'll make more frequent trips to the bathroom, according to What to Expect.
2You'll Have Less Heartburn
As your pregnancy progresses, your growing uterus pushes your stomach upwards, leaving you with uncomfortable heartburn. As WebMD mentioned, when your baby has dropped, you will experience heartburn less frequently.
3You'll Have An Easier Time Breathing
If you were carrying high through your pregnancy, you'll breathe a big sigh of relief once she has dropped. According to What to Expect, once the baby has lowered into the pelvis, it moves further away from the rib cage and you will be able to breathe a whole lot easier.
4You'll Have A Different Kind Of Walk
According to Healthline, when your baby drops, her head will be putting a lot of pressure on your pelvis. This may change your walk from a confident stride to more of a wobbly waddle.
5Your Bump Will Look Different
In addition to the physical symptoms of lightening, you will see a visual difference too. According to The Bump, your belly will look different when your baby drops, as you will go from carrying him high to carrying very low.
6You'll Experience False Contractions
When your baby has dropped, your body begins to prepare itself for the labor process. One of the ways it does this is by thinning your cervix with pre-labor contractions. According to New Health Advisor, it is common to experience pre-labor or Braxton Hicks contractions during the lightening process.
7You Can Eat More
According to Baby Center, when your baby drops down into your pelvis, you will have more room in your stomach. And when you have less baby in your belly, you'll have a lot more room for food.