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Old 10-23-2007, 04:37 PM   #1
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Dropping "lightening" question

Just curious, has anyone experienced not dropping? What happens if you are over due and you haven't dropped. Will they still induce or would it have to be a c-section?

Just wondering because I will be 38 weeks Saturday and I still have not dropped, my doctor said he will be giving me another ultrasound around 38-39 weeks because he has been concerned that the baby is big. If he is big and the doctor wants to induce, will he not be able to because he hasn't dropped yet?

 
Old 10-24-2007, 05:34 AM   #2
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Re: Dropping "lightening" question

I can't really say from experience, but I've heard that some women drop hours before they go into labor- although it's usually for moms who have already had one baby. I think it probably depends. If your doctor is concerned that the baby may have difficulty passing through your pelvis because he's a big baby, I wouldn't think he would try to induce. That may be your doctor's concern. If the baby is not too big, they may induce if they feel that if they wait for you to go into labor too long the baby will get too big. Otherwise, I would think they would just wait to see if you go in labor naturally. Maybe someone else will have more first hand experience.

 
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Old 10-25-2007, 09:39 AM   #3
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Re: Dropping "lightening" question

I'll be 38 weeks Monday and as far as I know the baby has not dropped for me either. It's my first. I'm really not sure of what it's supposed to feel like but they say "you'll definitely know when it drops". I have a friend who says she didn't feel dropping with her kids when she had them.

 
Old 10-25-2007, 10:45 AM   #4
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Re: Dropping "lightening" question

I am really wondering about this dropping thing. I had an appt yesterday and I measured about a cm smaller than how far along I am, which I know is considered normal. But I have been feeling so much pressure in the southern regions. It literally feels like I've been riding a horse for a week or like someone kicked me. It's been like this for several days. I know she has been head down since at least 29 weeks when I had my last u/s. I'm really wondering if she is starting to drop. My ob yesterday said she hasn't "dropped" yet but the way she said it sounded like she meant she hadn't fully engaged. It was kind of unclear if she has dropped a little and isn't fully engaged, or if she hasn't even begun to drop. I am 35 weeks and from what I have heard, it isn't that uncommon to begin dropping several weeks before you actually have the baby. HMMMMM...

 
Old 10-26-2007, 05:13 AM   #5
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Re: Dropping "lightening" question

My daughter dropped 2 weeks before I had her and my son, well , he was 2 weeks late and didn't until I was in labor , so I wouldn't sweat it.

 
Old 10-27-2007, 08:33 AM   #6
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Re: Dropping "lightening" question

Well I asked my doctor about this yesterday at my appointment...and he told me they do usually end up dropping during labor if it's your 2nd so they will usually go ahead and induce. He said unless it's your 1st it's a little bit more risky to induce if they haven't dropped because it might end up in an emergency c-section because the baby doesn't have as much room to drop as it would if you've already had one.

 
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