What Does It Feel Like When Your Baby Drops?

What week does the baby drop?

When Baby Drops

In first pregnancies, babies usually “drop” — meaning get into the head-down position low in your uterus in preparation for birth — around two to four weeks before delivery. In subsequent pregnancies, they don’t tend to drop at all before birth.

Does baby drop suddenly or gradually?

The word “drop” is kind of misleading: It suggests a sudden downward movement, but in fact a baby dropping typically is a gradual process. It’s unlikely you’ll feel your baby drop, but you will notice any or all of various signs that it has happened.

What does it feel like when your baby turns head down?

When the baby’s head is up, you’re more likely to experience discomfort under the ribs and to feel kicking in the lower belly. When the baby is head down, you’ll probably be feeling kicking higher up in the belly, and discomfort or pressure in the pelvis rather than the upper belly.

How long after baby’s head is down does labor start?

Signs of Labor

It is normal for labor to start as early as three weeks before that date or as late as two weeks after it. The following are signs that labor is probably not far away: Lightening. This occurs when your baby’s head drops down into your pelvis in preparation for delivery.