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Old May 13th, 2011, 06:35 AM   1
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1/5 Engaged What does this mean??


Hi ive just come back from my gp for my 38 week appointment and when she felt for bump she said bumps head was a lot lower and she wrote in my notes 1/5 engaged but she didnt explain it. Does that mean baby is engaged fully or a bit. And how after engaging does labour start?? Im really confused lol xx



 
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Old May 13th, 2011, 07:05 AM   2
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That would be that baby has got 1/5 to go to be fully engaged and 4/5 of baby are in your pelvis. I was getting so confused by all this as midwives send to look at it differently than we would!

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Old May 13th, 2011, 07:16 AM   3
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oh ok, so its like bump is a fourth of the way engaged. Its so confusing, my doc never explained it she just wrote it in my notes and i didnt see it til i got home. It could still be wees before bump makes an appearance though right??



 
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Old May 13th, 2011, 07:19 AM   4
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It is confusing! Usually 1/5 engaged means that heads engaged 1/5, so 4/5 to go. But some midwifes write it 1/5 palpable which means they can only feel 1/5 of the head.

Put it this way, if your nearly fully engaged you will be very uncomfortable down there, hard to walk, feels a bit like a bowling ball between your legs lol. If you feel like that your probably pretty much there!

James was never more than 3/5 engaged before I went into labour and some people are never engaged. It's just the position of your baby and means things are heading in the right direction.



 
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Old May 13th, 2011, 07:49 AM   5
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aw thanks for your replies. Not feeling that uncomfortable at the moment, its just frustrating not knowing what all this medical jargon means. She didnt write palpable if that makes a difference. She just wrote 1/5 in the engaged box



 
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Old May 13th, 2011, 07:56 AM   6
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1/5 engaged is as engaged as u go, 4/5 would mean u still had to go all the way to 1/5 people often get this the wrong way round,



 
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Old May 13th, 2011, 08:00 AM   7
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Jojo - how funny the EXACT same thing happened to me at my GP yesterday. Again, she only wrote 1/5 in the box. I don't feel like I have a bowling ball between my legs though lol. I have carried low all the way through so I don't know if this makes a difference. Would be interesting to know how long, on average, it takes from being 1/5 to going into labour...anyone? xx



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^^ see we're all told different things! Very confusing!



 
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Old May 13th, 2011, 08:08 AM   9
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I am a student midwife. 1/5 means your baby is 1/5th engaged into the pelvis so has 4/5ths to go. They dont tend to get much lower than 3/5ths engaged usually though. Some doctors and midwives do write it the other way around, so always ask how many 5ths engaged they are xx



 
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Old May 13th, 2011, 08:11 AM   10
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I am a student midwife. 1/5 means your baby is 1/5th engaged into the pelvis so has 4/5ths to go. They dont tend to get much lower than 3/5ths engaged usually though. Some doctors and midwives do write it the other way around, so always ask how many 5ths engaged they are xx
Darn, here I was thinking I was nearly there!



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