How to Make Your Baby Drop When You Are Pregnant

By Andrea Townsley
Uncomfortable pregnant woman
Uncomfortable pregnant woman

Many women start feeling anxious toward the end of their pregnancies, and having a baby who refuses to drop can compound this feeling. There are several steps a woman can take to help her baby drop. This process is also known as lightening, since the woman often feels lighter as the baby drops down into the pelvis.

Pregnant woman walking with husband
Pregnant woman walking with husband

Start with the basics. The first suggestions that doctors make are going for walks and having intercourse with your partner. Don't violate your doctor's orders, however, if you are on bed rest or pelvic rest.

Pregnant women doing yoga
Pregnant women doing yoga

Do light exercises to help open up your pelvic region and loosen your muscles to allow the baby to drop into position. These include rocking your pelvis while on your hands and knees, making a circular motion with your hips and doing lunges and squats. You may need assistance with the latter. You could also sit on an exercise ball and bounce or rock your hips.

Closeup of pregnant woman's stomach
Closeup of pregnant woman's stomach

Use a maternity belt or a homemade sling to gently lift your belly up. This may give the baby room to reposition and drop down and engage his head.

Pregnant woman and husband rubbing feet
Pregnant woman and husband rubbing feet

Massage your ankle area. There are certain pressure points on your ankles that may trigger uterine contractions, allowing the baby to drop. Only do this if you are almost due or overdue.

Pregnant woman getting a back massage
Pregnant woman getting a back massage

Consider getting a chiropractic adjustment or a back massage. These may help open up the pelvic region and take some of the stress off your aching back. This will serve to relax both you and the baby, and help aid in the lightening process by taking some of the pressure off your pelvis.

Tip

If this is not your first pregnancy, remember that your baby may not drop until labor begins.

Warning

Talk to your doctor about the effectiveness of techniques used to help your baby drop.

About the Author

Andrea Townsley has been a freelance writer since May 2008. Most of her work is published on eHow.com and Work.com. Townsley's interests include animals, gardening, real estate, medicine and health. She has owned several small businesses, and just finished her Bachelor of Science in psychology at University of Central Florida.