What does it feel like when your baby drops? | 2020 helping guide on baby dropping

Welcome to the third trimester of your pregnancy period. Obviously, for the next few weeks, you are going to experience a lot of new body changes. If this is your 2nd or 3rd pregnancy, then you can easily identify your first signs of labor approaching.

What does it feel like when your baby drops? It is the most asked questions by mothers that babyhealthcaree.com is going to explain today! If you also similar silly questions in mind or want to know the answer to this question, then read the bellow page with attention.


Baby dropping is a sign of labor. In which mother feels the baby’s head at the lower side of the pelvic and signifies that the baby is about to come out. Usually, the baby drops in the pelvic at the end of the third trimester.

The baby dropping process is also known as “lightening” means (the mother’s womb is about to release the baby.) Before this process, the little one rotates his head by facing down and the backside of the head touches in front of the mother’s tummy.

This way, the baby pushes herself into the pelvic, and the mother feels that her baby is ready to come out. When the baby gets settled in the pelvic, then gynecologists designate the baby is engaged now.

Lightening pregnancy what does it feel like?

Baby dropping is the very first sign of maternity in which your doctor clarifies that you are going to labor now. No worries if this is first or any number of pregnancy, you should call your partner, mother, friend, or any other family member to help you out.

In emergency, you can get help from any stranger, but cannot ignore yourself when the baby drops strongly.

We have no actual time for lightening pregnancy. It can happen before a few weeks of labor, and sometimes it may begin just before a few hours of delivery. Every single pregnancy is different from the other one.

Normally labor is quite near for some mothers when their baby drops. Make sure baby dropping is not important for all; even some ladies never experience lightening pregnancy until the labor.

Medically we have 11 (-5 to +5) different checkpoints to confirm the baby head position in the pelvic. -5 is the highest checkpoint when the baby’s head floats up to the mother’s hips, and the lowest is +5 when a doctor can easily see the baby’s head.

Keenly the baby moves lower side in labor and pushes herself to the vagina. In the second, third, or fourth delivery, we have more chances to baby’s arrival sooner as compare to the first time.

You know what! Once I was walking in my third pregnancy in the last of the third trimester, my doctor said that the baby has dropped to +1 checkpoint. It made me so uncomfortable in the walk, and in my next checkup, the baby went back to the -1 checkpoint (now you can get the idea that delivery can be tricky sometimes.)

How soon before delivery does the baby drop?

Undoubtedly lightening pregnancy has a different period for every mother; we have no particular day or week to expect this situation.

Often women feel baby dropping just a few hours before the labor, while some expect this situation from many days earlier labor.

It happens closer to labor for mothers who have already had babies before. This early dropping occurs due to their body already through labor before; however, their pelvic may need some time to adjust baby.

For the very first mums, baby dropping is exceptional in the early days or weeks of the third trimester and can remain until labor.

For this prolonged baby dropping, the pelvic muscles are responsible because they need some time to stretch. Once they fully stressed, then baby dropping will be easy for the upcoming babies in the future.

If a mother realizes that her baby has dropped, then she has to consult a doctor no matter (if this is her first, second, third, or more time.) The doctor will check the baby’s position and will clarify the estimating time for labor.

Baby dropping symptoms:

Unfortunately, we have no particular symptom or time to predict baby dropping because every woman has a different pregnancy period. According to the medical terms, we have only some optional symptoms to predict this condition.

1.         Easiness in breathe:

Finally, an easy breath!

In the pregnancy, mothers often have breathed congestion, especially in the third trimester. Once the baby drops into pelvic, the mother feels easiness in breathe and lightness in the stomach. After dropping the mother’s diaphragm gets freedom from the baby burden, so the mother feels complete broadmindedness in breathe until labor.

2.       A lot of pressure in pelvic:

Oh! I was not expecting a bowling ball on my tummy!                                                                      

As the baby grows, the mother feels a lot of pelvic pressure, and this pressure becomes double after baby dropping.

This extra pressure may remain for some hours, days, and some time for many weeks. In twins, the mother feels the same baby dropping pressure from the second trimester.

The pressure after baby dropping just feels like walking a bowling ball between your legs. Normally mothers walk in this pressure just like a penguin.

3.       A lot of discharging:

Pregnancy is not as beautiful as you see in movies!

In pregnancy, discharge is a common thing that mothers feel in all of the trimesters, but this discharging will be double in the third trimester. In the last weeks, pregnancy discharge can be increased in amount or sometimes can change the color.

It happens due to the baby’s head weight direct proportionally to the mother cervix. The baby’s head makes mother cervix thin and open to start labor. This cervix also makes the vagina soft and helps the baby to come out.

A lot of discharge in last week signifies that your baby is getting an easy way to come out. Sometimes the discharge can be white, yellow, redish, and like actual mucus (it all depends on the day of pregnancy.)

4.       Frequent need of urination:

Welcome to the third trimester!

Frequent need for urination is not only baby dropping symptom but also early pregnancy symptoms. In the last weeks, the baby grows faster and increases pressure on the mother’s bladder due to she may need a bathroom many times in a day.

5.       Pelvic pain:

Oh, too much comfortableness!

Day by day, your baby moves strongly, which makes your pelvic painful. The strong moves of a baby can directly affect the different areas of pelvic, and mothers feel Zings. Make sure the regular zings signify baby dropping in a certain time.

In this painful situation, if a lady sees some other unusual symptoms like bleeding, fever, and over-extra discharging then consulting a doctor will be a good idea.

How long after baby dropped, did you go into labor?

We have no right idea about labor prediction, but only your health provider can guess your labor days. Few days before EED (Estimated date of delivery) can only give you some idea about the labor.

Medically you can expect 2 to 3 weeks labor earlier from given due date of your doctor.

Encouraging the baby to drop:

If your EDD is about to approach, but still your baby is not ready to come down, then we have some specific activities to encourage a baby.

  • Walking
  • Sitting on a birthing ball
  • Crouching
  • Pelvic tilts

All the above activities are very helpful to open hips and stretch pelvic muscles. Few hours of these exercises can encourage your baby to the dropdown.

When to see a doctor?

Pelvic pain is normal after baby dropping, but some types of un-tolerate able pains should investigate. You may see a doctor if you feel regular pelvic pain with heavy bleeding – lots of discharge – fever.


Baby dropping is common in natural delivery, but you cannot expect with c-section ladies. This typical process can occur before a few days or a few hours before labor. Ladies with 1st-time pregnancy experience baby dropping more than the ladies with second or third pregnancies.

Baby dropping can feel like an abrupt strong movement for some mothers, whether few mothers may not feel any droppings. Ease in a breath, the frequent need for a bathroom, increment in appetite is a few basic symptoms of baby dropping.

Sometime a mother can feel regular and un-toleratable pain; in this situation, consulting a doctor would be important.

Resources: Healthline & MedicalNewsToday

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