It is normal for friends and relatives to “guess” the baby’s gender based on the size and position of your bump.
Well, if you’re carrying a low pregnancy, then probably, you’ll be getting a lot of congratulations that “it’s a boy.”
But what does carrying low in pregnancy mean?
Scientifically, it means that the largest part of the belly is sitting low and closer to the pelvis. While as per the old wives’ tales, it means that the gender of your baby is “boy”
Certainly, it is not the only myth associated with carrying low first pregnancy. So, let’s sit back and debunk all the myths and know the benefits and risks associated with it.
Why Am I Carrying So Low?
Carrying low or high merely depends on your body type, height, and muscle tone.
- If you’re short, then there is no room between your pubic bone and the top of your abdomen. Then, you’ll carry low.
- Your muscles won’t be able to hold and balance the growing baby bump in the third trimester, resulting in a low-hanging belly.
- It’s your second or third pregnancy. With each frequent pregnancy, you’ll carry low.
Keep in mind that this has nothing to do with the baby’s gender, early labor, or premature baby. All of these are just myths and old wives’ tales.
Benefits Of Carrying Low During Pregnancy
Smile because your ride from dating to diapers is going to be easy. Because “carrying low” will help you in multiple ways.
1. No More Trouble Breathing
Mothers who carry high usually feel extra pressure on their lungs. But when you carry low, there is room available between your belly and above the lungs.
This will help you to breathe easily. So, don’t get worried about your stress worrying and breathing exercises, as everything is going to be fine.
2. A Perfect Fit For Support Bands
In the third trimester, your bump will be bigger and visible (touchwood!), then you’ll have to wear support belts and bands. You’ll be surprised to see the perfect fitting.
All of this will be the result of your hanging belly on your lower abdomen. This will help you move around easily and effortlessly.
3. No More Trouble Walking
It is proven by science that walking will help you with easy and quick labor. But mothers who carry high often face problems with walking and climbing up stairs.
Well, you don’t have to worry as carrying low will help you to move faster and easily due to no pressure on the lungs, so no more heavy breathing.
It’s Low Or Too Low – Should You’d Be Worried?
During the second trimester, you’ll notice a lot of changes in your body. The size and shape of your breast will change. You have to wear maternity clothes with a growing bump.
But it is best to differentiate between low and too low. If in the 36th week, your belly is hanging but up to 2 inches downward, then it’s low pregnancy.
On the other hand, if your baby bump is more than 5 inches downward, then it’s too low, and you need to follow the special instructions to ease walking and sleeping.
That’s why it is best to consult with your doctor and know what type of pregnancy you’re carrying for your and your baby’s health.
Risks Carrying Baby Low
Well, perks do come with little limitations. Though you can enjoy easy walking and breathing. Baby low in the uterus in the second trimester comes with a few risks that you must know;
- You’ll feel a lot of pressure on your lower back muscles.
- Urination will be challenging for you.
- Sleeping straight will not be easy.
- You won’t be able to carry weight easily.
Apart from the difficulty in cracking back while pregnant, there is also a higher chance of miscarriage with carrying a low pregnancy if you try to do heavy tasks at the end of the second trimester.
Carrying Low Pregnancy FAQs
Is it normal to carry low during pregnancy?
Yes, It is normal to carry low during the third trimester. Usually, you can experience “carrying low” during any time of pregnancy. This can happen overnight.
Does carrying low mean it’s a boy?
The size and low carrying/high carrying have nothing to do with the gender of your baby. Though this myth is widely believed by people, but it’s not backed by science.
Is carrying low during pregnancy dangerous?
No, it is not dangerous. The only con is that it puts a lot of pressure on your lower back and side muscles. You’ll experience frequent back pain and discomfort while sleeping.
Wrapping It Up!
If you’re carrying low pregnancy, several things will be easy for you, including breathing and wearing a support belt. Contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with the baby’s gender.
It is worth mentioning that pregnant women can experience low baby pregnancy during anything between the second and third trimesters.
Keep in mind that the baby bump type (and style) is not in your hands. Your body shapes, muscles, and number of pregnancies are responsible for that.
So, exhale all your worries and enjoy all your weird food cravings. Because it is all life is about!