Is the baby "dropping" a sign of soon to be labour?
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Melissa - posted on 02/22/2009
When you go to your monthly visits, your doc probably measures from your pubic bone up to your fundus (the top of your uterus). The measurements in cm should equal your weeks of pregnancy from approx. 12 weeks through 36 weeks. After this time you may very well measure smaller because the baby "drops". Most don't usually feel this at a specific time but you should notice easier breathing but more frequent urination (like in the earlier weeks/month of pregnancy). The drop indicates the baby is engaging the pelvis and prepping for labor which can still take weeks to begin. With your second or more pregnancy you may notice the drop sooner because your uterus has done this before and is stretched easier to accomodate the fetus. You may also hear your ob say that you are 1-2cm dilated if you've had at least one previous pregnancy/delivery because your cervix also stretches with the passage of a baby and commonly remains opened 1-2cm. It's not a problem and it doesn't mean you will go into labor sooner or have an easier delivery though 2nd deliveries tend to be the easiest. Good luck and I hope this helps.
Ann - posted on 11/09/2012
my advise is to talk to your doctor. my first son was born right after i dropped at 28 weeks, and my water did not break, so that is not always a sign like others are saying. they had to break my water when i was 10 cm diulated. i have the same worry as you becase i am 28 weeks now with my daughter and have started to drop. only yuor doctor will be able to tell you because they can evaluate you.
Sharyn - posted on 02/22/2009
with your first, they can drop ages b4 you go into active labour... my first dropped at 35 weeks and I was induced 2 weeks over my due date!! He did not want to come out. My second dropped as i was in labour, and she was born 10 mins later. It prob depends on you.. i imagine every one is different.
Tiffany - posted on 02/22/2009
I wouldn't worry about early labor. My son has been head down forever and he dropped well over 2 months ago. It's been terribly uncomfortable because he is always on my bladder and cervix but he hasn't put me in labor. We're due in a week and a half and they're actually inducing me on Wednesday because he's a whopper and not budging. ;) I know it's a scary thought to go into labor early but I'm sure you'll be just fine. I see you are around 34 weeks now...my daughter was born at 35 weeks and was just fine if that helps any. Good luck to you.
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Brenda - posted on 02/22/2009
Mine never dropped, but I know that it just means that baby is getting into position. It can take about three or four weeks (or more) before labor actually begins. Usually the only reliable indicator is water breaking and regular contractions, all the rest don't mean much. It can be weeks after you drop, lose the mucus plug, or even start dialating and effacing. You may ask your OB/midwife about it they may want to see if you've started to dialate yet. I wouldn't worry yourself too much about going early. It is so very common for these things to happen at the stage you're at right now.
Amie - posted on 02/22/2009
The only one I went into labor quickly after her dropping was my first. She didn't drop though until the week before my due date. She was stubborn! lol! With my other two and the one I'm pregnant with now they all dropped a number of weeks before, anywhere from 3-6. This one dropped last week at the 35 week mark. My god have I been uncomfortable. Sleeping really sucks too, oh and gotta love the waddle! LOL!! You may think you're going into labor in the next few weeks to, braxton hicks gotta appreciate those. =) So just time the contractions if you get them, if it's real labor they'll start coming faster, closer together and get a lot more painful. If not, your bodies just practicing. You might know this already though too. Timing my contractions was the only way I knew when I was in labor, my water had to be broken by the doctors as it didn't break on its own for any of mine. I did however leak a bit with my last one, that was interesting, I thought I had pee'd myself on the way to the hospital. My hubby asked me well don't you know when your water breaks? I said NO! The doctor broke it with the last two remember? LOL! So I wasn't sure even then, I had either pee'd myself a bit during the contraction I was having or my water was starting to leak. Turned out to be my water leaking, doctor still had to burst it all the way since for whatever reason, my kids are lazy and stubborn and didn't do it on their own. lol. Best of luck though! I got 4 weeks left now. Counting down the endless last month! yay!
Annette - posted on 02/22/2009
I only have about 6 weeks to go and the baby's head has been down since I was 24 weeks. From what I've been reading, it sounds about right to have felt the baby drop at this stage....I'm just more concerned with going into labour early.....
Amy - posted on 02/22/2009
I would ask your doctor if you are really concerned...the good things is the baby is probably head down and will stay that way. THAT is a good thing! It looks from your profile photo you've still got some weeks ahead of you huh? Maybe you've just giving birth to a real "planner" type. It takes all kinds ya know!!!
User - posted on 02/22/2009
This happened to me.. Your stomach visibly drops down and you can actually feel it, they say it is a sign of the comings on of labour.. Yet after i dropped, i didn't go into labour for about 3 weeks. I think the best sign to look for is your water breaking. It's really the only thing that tells you it's time.
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