Pregnancy is a time of excitement for everyone. The thought of having a baby is exciting, but even more so if it’s your first baby. When you feel those kicks, it gets more real and you know there is a human being forming inside you.
You will notice signs, depending on trimester, but usually they start showing in the second month. Your breasts grow bigger, become achy and have a tingling sensation. The nipple may get more prominent in preparation for breastfeeding.
You might get morning sickness, a loss of appetite, weight gain, increased heart rate, cravings for certain foods and other signs. Remember they are different for everyone. If you are carrying your baby bump low, it means the baby lies low in the uterus. Read on to find more about this.
Lightening is when the baby moves lower in your uterus in preparation for birth. It is supposed to be a normal pregnancy process, but if it happens before 37 weeks, then you might you need to talk to your gynecologist – it could be a sign of early labor.
When your pregnancy is getting to term and the baby doesn’t move lower, then it could be a sign of complicated labor. It may be difficult to deliver naturally a baby whose bump is high.
During pregnancy, the baby keeps moving in the uterus looking for space, the kicks and movements that you feel or see are a part of this. As the pregnancy progresses, the baby becomes bigger and keeps moving looking for room.
In the process, the head turns downward as that’s where there is room for the head. This is in preparation for labor. However, some babies might not move down.
Women that have delivered a number of babies are at risk of “carrying low” since the ligaments and muscles of the uterus meant to support the growing uterus are weakened.
This means the uterus will be low and the mother is at risk of early labor or miscarriage since the growing baby keeps exerting pressure on the cervix and might cause it to open before term.
Signs and Symptoms
The baby bump moves lower than other bumps you may have seen that could be wide or high. When you “carry low”, the growing baby exerts pressure on the lower back which leads to pain. Sometimes such women will constantly be stretching their back due to this pain.
Lower Abdominal Pain
Swollen lower limbs due to pressure exerted by the baby on the blood vessels supplying the lower limbs. To remedy this, sit with your legs raised on a chair or stool. Avoid standing for long.
Pressure on the bladder which is marked by frequent urination than usual. Depending on the size of the baby, a woman who is “carrying low” will walk with a pregnancy “waddle“.
If the baby is big, it’s like walking with a bowling ball in your lower abdomen. It is uncomfortable walking with so many kilograms between your legs.
On a lighter note, “carrying low” or lightening resolves heart burn and you will eat more since there s reduced pressure on the stomach. Also, you breath better due to less pressure on the diaphragm.
It is said that lightening is a sign of labor, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you will deliver in the next few hours or so. Some women have weakened uterine muscles due to multiple pregnancies and will “carry low”.
Signs of “carrying low” is the bump actually moving lower, pressure on the lower back that leads to pain and frequent urination because of pressure on the bladder.