What Does It Mean When You're Carrying Baby Low? 

Carrying baby low is not an indicator of the baby's gender. However, it can be related to a woman's level of fitness.

Pregnancy is an exciting and sometimes scary time, especially when you're having your first baby. You have so many questions about what is happening to your body. You may have heard comments about carrying baby low. What does this mean, and is it a bad thing?

Carrying a baby low refers to the location of the baby bump. Some women's baby bumps are positioned higher on the abdomen, while other baby bumps are situated lower on the pelvis. If you were to look at a variety of pregnant women, all at the same stage of their pregnancy, you would see that each woman has a differently shaped and differently positioned bump. All of these variations are perfectly normal.

There is an old wives' tale saying that carrying baby low means that the baby is a boy. Although it's fun to believe this story, there is really no truth to it. A baby carried low could just as easily turn out to be a girl.

However, there can be a relationship between a woman's level of fitness and where she carries the baby. In general, women who are physically fit and have strong core muscles will carry their babies higher on the abdomen. This is because the strong abdominal muscles support the weight of the baby more easily.

On the other hand, women who've already had a baby, older women, or women who are not as physically fit may carry their babies lower. This is because their abdominal muscles are not as developed, or have weakened from age or a prior pregnancy.

It's interesting to note that physically fit women don't show their pregnancies as soon as less fit women do. The difference, again, is having strong core muscles that support and hide the growing uterus.

Your height can also affect how you carry the baby. It stands to reason that taller women with longer abdomens tend to have a narrower baby bump, while short women with shorter abdomens usually have a wider baby bump. Again, all these variations are normal.

You are bound to run into many myths and stories about pregnancy and childbirth. If you have any concerns about your baby, you should always discuss them with your doctor.