It starts in the last trimester of your pregnancy descending the baby. Your baby then sinks towards your pelvis. This process can take a number of weeks. It is also possible that your baby does not descend during your pregnancy. There is nothing to worry about, during the delivery your baby will still descend.
If you notice or hear from your midwife that your baby has started to descend, this does not mean that you will give birth within a short time. Sometimes a few more weeks pass. It does mean that your baby is gradually getting ready for the delivery. In this blog you can read what exactly happens when the baby is being lowered and how you can notice that the descent started.
What does it mean?
In the last trimester just about the moment you are thirty weeks pregnant, your baby may start to descend. This means that your baby will sink deep into your pelvis. If your baby is well, he or she lies down with the head. Nature has given the head a good fit so that it fits perfectly between your pelvis. In most cases, this attitude is also the most pleasant for your baby.
It can also happen that your baby chooses not to lie down with the head but with the buttocks (tailbone). This is also called a breech presentation. If your baby is still in the process, he or she can still be turned. It is therefore important that your midwife is informed. Once your baby has descended, turning is no longer possible. He or she will be born in this position or, in the worst case, you need a cesarean section.
After how many weeks does the baby's baby go down?
It differs very much per mother when the baby starts to descend. After all, every pregnancy is different. On average, the grazing starts between the 30th and 38th week of your pregnancy. But this can be earlier or much later. In women who already have children, it often happens that the baby does not descend. This is because the uterus and the abdominal muscles have already been stretched so that the baby has more space. As a result, the induction is not necessary.
With new mothers, the abdominal muscles are even stronger and these push your baby down. The grounding is very slow and can take several weeks. But also for the duration of the laying down: it varies per mother and pregnancy.
Do you want to know how your baby is developing? Then follow the growth of your baby week by week in our pregnancy calendar.
Can you feel the baby's descending?
It may very well be that you do not feel the indulgence at all and then you can praise yourself quite happily. Women who do feel well suffer from indigestion or hard bellies. The pain feels like sharp stitches or a nagging pain in your groin or lower abdomen. This pain can sometimes last for several hours. Sometimes, contractions or a hard belly are confused with real contractions, but there is definitely a difference.
Injury contractions are very irregular, more and more diminishing and are less painful. Read more about contractions and how to recognize real contractions.
If you have a lot of problems with the indwelling contractions, a warm jug can offer you relief.
Positive consequences for you as a mother after descending
In addition to the indwelling contractions or hard bellies, there are other symptoms that may indicate that the descending of the baby has started. And these symptoms are fortunately positive!
This way you will notice that you get more air again because your baby is lower and therefore your uterus is less pressing on your lungs.
Did you suffer from stomach acid during pregnancy? This will also decrease if your baby has descended. You will also have a less bloated feeling. All this because the pressure on your stomach is reduced.
Symptoms of falling
In addition to the positive effects, there are also a number of symptoms that may be less pleasant. As:
- More pressure on your bladder;
- Walking becomes more difficult because your baby presses against your pelvis (you are going to wobble);
- Induction pain.
Baby not descended
If your baby has not descended then nothing is wrong. This is common, especially in women who have a second child. During the delivery your child will still descend. Causes that your baby does not descend are:
- You have had a baby before;
- There is too much amniotic fluid in the uterus;
- The placenta blocks access to your pelvis.
What happens after the descending?
Has your baby completely descended? Then nothing can happen! In principle, the baby's laying down does not say anything about the moment of your birth. This can take even 10 weeks. But it can also go faster, unfortunately that is difficult to predict.