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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips & Warnings
- If this is not your first pregnancy, remember that your baby may not drop until labor begins.
- Talk to your doctor about the effectiveness of techniques used to help your baby drop.