What Is Lightening?

By Twill Care Editors
Reviewed by Alyssa Quimby, M.D.
January 09, 2024

Lightening can happen a few weeks—or a few hours—before labor starts. You might find that you feel a bit lighter because your fetus isn’t pushing on your diaphragm anymore. They may feel lower in your pelvis, and you might find yourself going to the bathroom more often.