What Does a Low Belly in Pregnancy Mean?

It is very common at the end of pregnancy, for a woman to hear from another woman or even to realize that her belly is low. But does that really mean anything or does it mean some kind of problem? What can the low belly in pregnancy alert the woman and what care should she take?

The belly

After the pregnancy is confirmed, the now pregnant woman begins to check her belly daily. Bloated, withered, swollen, normal or painful, she will always draw the attention of the future mom in front of the mirror, after all, which woman does not dream of seeing her belly grow in the name of love for her baby?

The first sign of a belly appearing can happen around 12 until 20 weeks . This is because before that the belly may be bigger just because of a swelling that the woman has due to the great hormonal presence.

As the pregnancy progresses and the baby’s growth becomes visible to the eyes and begins to be felt by the pregnant woman, the uterus begins to settle further up the navel line . This occurs around 23 weeks of gestation , for some women before, for others after, but it will always be a milestone of pregnancy, because with the rise of the uterus, the belly will become more evident to everyone around, including the Daddy.

Belly Growth in the Second Quarter

It is in the second trimester that the belly will really give the air of grace and, it is at this stage that in his prenatal consultations the doctor will measure the uterine height. This simple exam will check the baby’s ideal growth and also if it is in accordance with the expected for the gestational phase.

Usually the belly is quite high at this stage , from 20 to 35 weeks . This is because the baby will be tall due to the cervix being intact, without any presence of thinning. This detail makes all the difference, it means that labor is far from happening.

A fact that also keeps the baby high is the baby’s weight. If we compare it at the end of pregnancy, it is still much lighter. The position of the baby inside the womb will also determine whether the belly will be high, low or even crooked, did you know?

If it remains in the upper part of the belly (it is very common for the baby to be in the transverse position in the uterus in the second trimester of pregnancy, because it still has space to stretch ) the belly will be even higher. If he lodges lower, the belly will be lower and can change daily, according to the baby’s will to move.

Low Belly in the Third Quarter

After reaching the third trimester of pregnancy, the low belly can happen at any time . We must remember that the low belly is not a problem, by far, except for some details that we will see later. The low belly in pregnancy can mean a few things:

The baby fit:

When the baby turns to the head position for delivery and fits in the pelvis for birth, it will automatically be lower. This is because the head will be embedded in the mother’s pelvis, which is much lower than it would be without fitting, above the pelvic line, now with a fit, it will be below the pelvic line. This will certainly bring discomfort, but it does not cause problems for the mother or the baby.

Thinning of the cervix:

When childbirth is about to happen, the belly naturally lowers, but usually this event is very close to childbirth, a few hours or even the day before. It is normal for the baby to begin to descend as the labor progresses.

Loss of liquid:

This is a worrying event, but it depends on the case. When the bag of amniotic fluid breaks, part of the volume that the woman had before is lost, this will cause the belly to wilt and lower slightly. However, if there was no total rupture of the bag and the pregnant woman realizes that the belly is lowering more and more every day, with fluid loss (ruptured bag ), it is better to go to your obstetrician as soon as possible.

A detail that we must remember is that women who have already had another pregnancy , tend to have a lower belly more quickly during the third trimester. While women of first pregnancy will take a little longer to have a low belly, they may not even have a low belly during pregnancy, not even on the day of delivery even if it is normal. It is not a rule to have a low stomach, but it is quite common that it happens, like everything, it varies from organism to organism.

A novelty for our pregnant readers, is that Famivita in partnership with Patricia Amorim developed a gestational multivitamin thinking about the needs and also the difficulties of the pregnant women. With all the vitamins and minerals important for fetal development and for the mother’s health, the FamiGesta vitamin has a differential, which is the size of the capsule that makes it easier to swallow during the phases of constant nausea and nausea. You can purchase your vitamin here in our online store.

How to Understand the Low Belly?

A trick to check if your belly is low is quite simple, but it should be followed up day by day for a few weeks. It consists of placing the hand (or hands) in the space between the belly and the breast.

As the belly descends, the space between the breast and the belly will become larger , and it will be noticed by the need to place one more finger or even the other hand to fill the gap. Remembering that the observation should be for a few days, this is because the baby can change the position and affect this “home measurement”.

Another way to understand the low belly in pregnancy is to have a tape measure to monitor the growth of the belly. However, this technique must be applied by someone other than the pregnant woman, as there is a significant margin of error if she does it herself . Remember that it must be measured from the pubic bone to the end of the uterus (top) and write it down.

A tip for moms who intend to have another baby or have a tempting friend. Did you know that we have a virtual store with products aimed at female and male fertility? Products that help couples get pregnant faster, among them are the fertility vitamins FamiFerti and ViriFerti, the lubricating gel that plays a role in the cervical mucus FamiGel and ovulation and pregnancy tests. You can get them here in our online store.

See Also: How Many Months Does the Belly Begin to Appear?

Dr. Alexis Hart
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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