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I heard a woman describe her baby as "dropping." Does this mean the baby was falling out?
Answer:
No, it doesn't. The feeling of having your baby drop, also called lightening, means the baby's head has moved down deep into your pelvis. It is a natural part of the birthing process and can happen a few weeks to a few hours before labor begins. You may feel that you have more room to breathe when the baby descends into your pelvis, but there may also be more pelvic pressure or discomfort.
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