What does it feel like when the head is engaging?

Tracy - posted on 08/20/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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i have really bad lower back pain and it's spreading into my hips too, no matter how i sit i can't get comfortable. :(

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The morning before labour started for my 2nd, I felt like I'd been riding a horse, akward & uncomfortable whenever I got up or sat down. :)

Leigh - posted on 08/20/2009

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I couldn't take 'proper' steps, my stride ended up being alot shorter. I also couldn't walk far without needing to stop & rest. I also felt heaps of pressure low in my back & pelvis. My family kept commenting that my bump had moved lower, although I felt like I could breathe better. My midwife checked me the day before I delivered & told me the baby's head was engaged.

Jolene - posted on 08/20/2009

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To me it felt like I had a bowling ball sitting on my cervix. I had tons of pressure and my hips and back hurt. Just think it will soon be over and you will have a wonderful little miracle. It is all worth it in the end.

Ashley - posted on 08/21/2009

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my son was engaged 2 wks before i delivered and head down 8 wks before i delivered. i had tons of pressure everytime i stood up. i was really sore down there and could barely walk. i also had to pee every 1/2 hr or so. i was getting a lot of cramping too. Good Luck!

Rachel - posted on 08/20/2009

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I had that with my second. He dropped down so low into my pelvis a couple of days before he was born and the pain in my back and hips was terrible. I phoned my midwife and she said a great way of giving relief is to get a big piece of material(like a sarong) and tie it around your hips. It worked a treat!! I looked ridiculous but didn't care. It just gives you some gentle support in this area. Good luck....

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Molly May - posted on 03/31/2014

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The day i delivered when i got to the hospital almost her whole body was hanging out of my cervix.

Dawn - posted on 08/23/2009

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the best thing to do for me is get some music or a good book the more you get into it the less pain you feel cause your not concentrated on it

Brooke - posted on 08/22/2009

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i had to go to the tolilet alot more and felt a bit uncomfortable, you will defenetly know when ur in labour, i went into labour thursday night n the midwives said i wasnt could be a few more days so i went home, ended up going back friday afternoon and got told i still wasnt in labour an hour later a midwife came in and did an internal check and i was 7cm dialated 2 and a half hours later my baby was born.

Jessica - posted on 08/21/2009

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Hi Tracy, sounds like baby will be here soon! Have you phoned your hospital? They will be able to tell you for sure if your in labour! Let us know how you get on.

oooooooo, I'm getting all excited for you! lol

Nikki - posted on 08/20/2009

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sounds like back labor not engaging i had it with my son the best thing for the pain was on my hands and knees and rocking back and forth. if it gets tooo bad tell them you need something for pain i got so bad that if i walked like the said i would fall to my knees in pain and i had to beg for and epidural and i was to late and only worked on the right side good luck!!!!

Tracy - posted on 08/20/2009

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thanks for all your help, i had a nice bath and that helped with the pain i'm fine today. i meant engaging in the pelvis, bubz head has been down for weeks but it felt a bit different last night like it may have been engaging, i guess i'll find out next week when i have my antenatal visit :)

Lydia - posted on 08/20/2009

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I dont remember feeling thehead engaging - either in the pelvis or in the birth canal(I had epidural by that stage)

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My big bump droped down conciderably - one day the baby was right up under my ribs and I couldn't slouch and the next day the bump had shifted right domn and i couldn't sit comfotably. Also when i jolted my body (moving to quicklt, down stairs ect) i could feel the the babys head bump my pelvic bones - ouch!



Over all I don't think it should be painfull, just bloody uncomfortable

Anita - posted on 08/20/2009

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I had burning feeling for a split second each time i had to push...but u get over the pain..

Jessica - posted on 08/20/2009

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Hi tracy,
Just wanted to clarify, did you mean when baby's head becomes engaged in the pelvis? Or did you mean actually coming down the birth canal? Just getting kinda confuzzled lol

Jasmine - posted on 08/20/2009

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i had a very painful burning feeling and it felt like my babies were going to come out of my behind area coz of the pain in my back, u should ring ur hospital and let them know, they may want to see u to check out whats happening

Olivia - posted on 08/20/2009

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If you have no drugs like i did for my third one it does hurt alot but it's over in no time and it worth it.But with my second one i had epidural and didn't feel a thing that was so great.And my first one was a caesarean so i had them all.

Jessica - posted on 08/20/2009

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I didn't actually feel my son engaged! I just had very bad back pain! I couldn't sit down or anything! Though what I found helped is standing with your feet shoulder width apart and swaying gently from side to side! This also helps when your in labour to speed it up! That and walking up and down stairs!

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