Post # 1
So I was reading another thread today with a bee who got put on bed rest because the baby was super low… Im just wondering how low is everyone else whose around 17 weeks-ish?
When Ive had all my ultrasounds and when I’ve seen the doctor with the doppler for the heartbeat its always fairly low down…like not far above my “hair line”/underwear line, is that where its supposed to be/normal? I know it’s still fairly low because thats where it implants and up until now its been very very small so not moving around too much. I can physically tell where it is because when I stand up and sit down now Im VERY aware there’s something in there and feel where its situated…(I guess the doctors and ultrasound people would have said something otherwise)
I was actually explaining this to my MIL who texted me asking if Im starting to show yet ..and I said yes I’ve got a bit of a bump but proceeded to tell her my “bump” isnt the baby per say…. its all my internals that are getting pushed up and out because the baby and my cervix are starting to gain some size….. she was shocked lol… its cute, shes a more simple women (and is quite fascinated with all the facts she just never knew when she had babies) and just assumed the baby was like RIGHT THERE inside my belly button already…ahhh nope. (shes also the one who runs over to people with bumps without asking and touches so I thought letting her in on that would help me and some poor other soul) ….”if you wanna touch the baby you’d be a few inches from my crotch” lol
Post # 2
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.
Post # 3
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
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
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.
Post # 6
ya thats what I figured it just kinda stays there until the baby starts putting on some serious mass. Its just so weird to have a pretty obvious BUMP going on but its not the baby at all lol