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Old Aug 27th, 2011, 17:21 PM   1
m0mmyCool
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Can U still go into labor if baby's not engaged?


My baby's head is still high up and I'm almost 39 weeks. I have no signs of labor starting anytime soon. I walk everyday and bounce on the birth ball but nothing helps. my cervix is still high but the dr.said it's getting soft. The reason I want things to get going now is my dr said I could have a vbac only if labor starts spontaneously before 41 weeks or I have to have a c-section.

Has anyone ever went into labor without baby's head being engaged & without being dilated or effaced? If so, how lOng was your labor? Sorry for the dumb questions



 
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Old Aug 27th, 2011, 17:25 PM   2
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not dumb at all hun, i am curious too about this so tnx for askin the question. as i havnt experianced child birth yet i do not know myself xxxx hope u get answers soon



 
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Old Aug 27th, 2011, 17:33 PM   3
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erm...... not sure? ive heard with a second + birth you can defo go into labour without the babies head being engaged as sometimes it doesnt engage till labour is established, not sure about first births tho sorry x



 
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Old Aug 27th, 2011, 17:33 PM   4
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It's my first, but I know that with second and further babies it's quite normal for them not to engage until you're in labour. Also, re: dilatation and effacement, it can happen very quickly, or over a long period of time - so don't worry, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll go over



 
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Old Aug 27th, 2011, 17:34 PM   5
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oh just seen youve had a c section in the past, i'm not sure if what i've said is only true if youve had a previous vaginal birth... sorry that was pretty useless info!



 
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Old Aug 27th, 2011, 17:35 PM   6
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definately very possible-I had my son around 6 hours after being told he was not engaged,cervix closed long and firm!



 
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Old Aug 27th, 2011, 17:36 PM   7
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My doctor warned me not to be surprised if this baby never engages because it is very common for second time + moms not to have baby engage until labour.



 
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Old Aug 27th, 2011, 18:33 PM   8
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Yes with my last son he wasnt engaged till labour was very much under way, but he was my fourth son.



 
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Old Aug 27th, 2011, 19:02 PM   9
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My son (first pregnancy) came a week late with no signs of labor, not dropped or engaged. I thought I would have to be induced. But one morning I just started having contractions, and he was born within 12 hours. It is possible, don't worry.



 
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Old Aug 27th, 2011, 19:02 PM   10
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definately very possible-I had my son around 6 hours after being told he was not engaged,cervix closed long and firm!
Ooh this made my day Now I dont feel so hopeless.

My first baby was engaged and I was dilated 1 cm at 37 weeks without me even trying. So I wasn't sure.



 
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