Healthy Pregnancy

What is lightening in pregnancy?

Towards the end of your pregnancy, your baby will move down into the pelvis to prepare for labor. This is called “engagement”, “dropping” or “lightening.” Having the baby engaged in the pelvis is not an indicator that you are going into labor. For some women, the baby does not engage in the pelvis until labor starts.

Advice from experienced mothers

  • Do not worry too much. Having “dropped” or not “dropped” does not change when your baby will be ready to be born.
  • Be sure to stay hydrated, you will feel a more frequent need to urinate anyway and being dehydrated can cause contractions that look and feel like labor but do not open the cervix.
  • Try pelvic rocking before laying down to allow yourself longer times of sleep before needing to get up and use the bathroom.
Jennifer (Author)