A number of uncalled for symptoms occur during pregnancy. The symptoms actually increase as the pregnancy progresses and the baby begins pressing against the internal organs of the mother.
The symptoms will, however, decrease when the baby drops in the womb at any point during the last couple of months of pregnancy. There will be a change in the symptoms and this will indicate that the mother is preparing to go into labor.
For a successful delivery to take place, the baby must drop in the womb. This is called lightening. Lightening is just one of those signs of labor and in the initial stage it can go unnoticed even by the mother.
Since the baby pushes upwards on the stomach and other internal organs of the mother, heartburn is a very common symptom. When the baby drops in the womb that pressure on the stomach and other organs is taken off and the heartburn also decreases. The mothers too feel the change as they experience an increase in appetite as there is no pressure on the stomach now.
Increase In Urination
After the baby drops in the womb, there is a pressure on the organs in the lower part of the body mainly urination. When a mother starts to urinate more frequently that what she has done in the entire pregnancy period, it means that the baby has dropped in the womb. There are many changes during this period and the pregnant mother will have a tendency to urinate during sneezing or coughing.
The bladder is not the only organ where the mother will feel the pressure. She will also feel a pressure on the rectum and the vaginal floor leading to pains in the rectum and the cervix. These are common symptoms towards the end of a pregnancy. Constipation is also common during this stage of pregnancy.
Pressure is taken off the lungs of the mother when the baby drops in the womb. The mother can now take deep breaths and will have less difficulty in carrying out different physical activities like walking. Pregnant women welcome this change as they are now able to eat more food without putting any pressure on breathing.
Dialation And Eventual Labor
The dilation of the mother’s cervix is highly influenced by the baby drop. Many women can feel this dilation right up to the day of labor. This can be attributed to the large pressure exerted on the cervix. Dilation actually means that the cervix is slowly beginning to allow the baby to pass through and exit the woman’s body. The head of the baby will get engaged thereby starting the process of labor.
When Will The Baby Drop?
This is, perhaps, the most difficult question. Lightening usually occurs in the 8th month of pregnancy or even in the 7th month. This will differ from pregnancy to pregnancy. In many cases it has been seen that the lightening occurred just hours before the baby is born! Mothers who are pregnant for the first time can experience lightening after 6 ½ months of pregnancy.