How "LOW" is your baby? (17w)

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

shanbp:  At twenty weeks, the top of your uterus should be at about your belly button.  At 16-18 weeks, it’s about 2 fingertips below the navel, if that gives you perspective.  I’m 22+5, and each time the heartbeat doppler has been low.  I also feel all movement relatively low– not super low, but below my belly button.

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Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m finding the heartbeat about midway between my pelvic bone and belly button these days (17w). It has definitely moved up. When I first got the doppler at like 11w I had to go just right above the pelvic bone and press really hard. Now I just barely have to press down. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You’re normal. Your uterus starts out that low, and your baby won’t be “higher” until the baby grows and the uterus expands. It definitely doesn’t just pop up and out… It’s gradual. This actually used to annoy me so much because people would tell me I was “carrying low and must be having a boy” and I was just barely in the second trimester…. Obviously that is where a uterus would be located! 

The bed rest situation sounds like the baby “dropped” in preparation for labor a bit too early, which is different from just having a low uterus earlier in pregnancy.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Sounds normal.  The uterus doesn’t reach your belly button until 20 weeks.  When LO was kicking me at 18-22 weeks the kicks were always around my underwear line.  I told BIL that baby was kicking around that time and he put his hand on my tummy, I had to move it way down lol. 

I think in the other situation the baby had dropped too low, when the baby drops later in pregnancy in preparation for labor the head puts pressure on the cervix which can cause dilation (this is a good thing when you’re full term or in labor, not so much before then).  Baby at this stage is way too small to do that and has too much room to move around to do anything like that.

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