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Old Apr 28th, 2009, 06:16 AM   1
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Tips to get the baby to engage?!


Hi,

Just back from the midwife and she felt that the baby's head is not engaged, she tried to engage it and it did, but then came out again....

She said she will do a scan next week to see why baby hasnt engaged yet.

Question is, what does this mean exactly???

I know some babies dont engage til labour but what are the implications?

Also, anyone got any tips for how to get the head to engage???

I have a birthing ball, but to be honest dont exactly know what Im doing with it, hahaha

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Old Apr 28th, 2009, 06:29 AM   2
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I have no idea hun, sorry - not had this problem as I didn't want the baby to engage! (As it would have been her bum, not head )

I keep hearing the birthing ball and leaning forward like you're on the loo helps baby to get into the right position but I'm not sure if that means engaging too.

Sorry I'm not much help xx



 
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Old Apr 28th, 2009, 06:39 AM   3
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Im not sure either. Im only 4/5ths engaged and I have only 8 days left.. Basically it just means that you will prob be in labour a little longer because the baby has to go down further..Just keep bouncing on your ball.. but I cant seem to get minbe to go down further either.. she still had 4 places to go down and shes been like this since week 36!! annoying as it is LO will come when there ready xx



 
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Old Apr 28th, 2009, 07:05 AM   4
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I've been told that bouncing on an exercise/birthing ball helps and apparently so does walking (i've been told especially walking up and down the stairs)- i have no idea if any of that actually works tho coz this is my first baby and i still haven't had it yet. good luck with it all x



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Old Apr 28th, 2009, 07:27 AM   5
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Apparently you can bounce / rock on the ball or lean over it with your chest on it. Also sitting on the edge of the settee with your bump hanging forward between your thighs is supposed to help.. think the ball is best tho cos your pelvis will be nice and open for baby to move down (in theory! We all know how our babies don't like to co-operate!)

Good luck ..come on baby get your head down for mum please!



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Old Apr 28th, 2009, 07:28 AM   6
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Apparently you can bounce / rock on the ball or lean over it with your chest on it. Also sitting on the edge of the settee with your bump hanging forward between your thighs is supposed to help.. think the ball is best tho cos your pelvis will be nice and open for baby to move down (in theory! We all know how our babies don't like to co-operate!)

Good luck ..come on baby get your head down for mum please!



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Old Apr 28th, 2009, 08:08 AM   7
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On birthing ball, you sit on it legs apart and you just bounce, i would be on mine for 30mins at a time.
You can do the same, but do circle motions with your hips.
Try going on all 4's for 10mins at a time as many times a day as you can.

I was on my ball none stop from 31/32weeks, started to engage at 34weeks, first baby.



 
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Old Apr 28th, 2009, 08:31 AM   8
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My baby's head hadn't engaged at all 38 weeks and was 1/5 engaged at 40 weeks. My midwife said it's because my baby is back to back, so should avoid leaning back, lying on my back or slouching at all.



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Old Apr 28th, 2009, 08:42 AM   9
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Wow i have never heard of a MW trying to engage the babies head before.

My LO was head down from 28wks, engaged 4/5ths at 34wks & stayed like that till my 38wk MW appt. At my last appt i was already in labour & she had only moved to 3/5ths! I had her later that day!

Try sitting with your legs apart. Keeping the pelvis as open as possible. I dont think its too much to worry about.



 
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Old Apr 28th, 2009, 10:39 AM   10
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Bouncing on birthing ball... but my midwife told me that most babies dont actually engage until labour has started.



 
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