Definition of bear down in English:

bear down

phrasal verb

  • (of a woman in labour) exert downwards pressure in order to push the baby out.

    • ‘‘Some women actually worsen incontinence problems by bearing down rather than pulling the muscle up and in,’ she says.’
    • ‘You may have a strong urge to push or bear down with each contraction.’
    • ‘She could feel the pressure bearing down; she so desperately wanted to push but prior experience told her not to.’
    • ‘The uncontrollable urge to push took over and I bore down hard.’
    • ‘The pain is intense and the urge to bear down and push the baby out starts now.’