When I was pregnant with my first I went days past my due date and, as you can imagine, I was frustrated. My daughter had dropped weeks prior, so every day it felt like I was carrying a bowling ball between my legs. But having your baby drop "early" isn't as bad as having your baby not drop at all. When I was pregnant with my second, my son, he seemed determined to stay put, lodged under my rib cage and nowhere near my cervix. That's when I learned how to get through pregnancy when your baby hasn't dropped because, well, I didn't have much of a choice.
As the Cleveland Clinic notes, the ideal place for your baby to be during delivery is head down and facing your back. So, starting in your last month of pregnancy, your provider will schedule regular checks to make sure that your soon-to-be baby is at least headed in the right direction. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), your baby dropping (also called lightening), or physically moving towards your birth canal, might actually happen weeks before labor... or not at all. In fact, as Heidi Murkoff, author of What to Expect When You're Expecting, notes, while feeling your baby drop is common with first pregnancies, most pregnant people won't notice a difference during their second or subsequent pregnancies, which might explain why my last two babies "didn't drop."
While it's natural to worry if your baby hasn't dropped, especially if you're getting close to and/or are past your due date, it's generally not a big deal. And, as always, your best bet is to ask your provider if everything looks good, and if you get a green light just wait for labor to start or ask about induction.
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