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4/5ths engaged- a good sign or just optimism!

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sleepingcat Wed 26-Aug-09 17:08:46

I'm 38+1 today with DC2. I've just seen the MW who says baby is 4/5ths engaged. I'm assuming 4/5ths is deeper in than 1/5th.
So, is this a good sign or just me being optimistic?
I know 2nd babies don't often engage until delivery..and they pop in and out of engagement but I'm just clinging on to any good positive signs!

WhereTheWildThingsWere Wed 26-Aug-09 17:11:15

The midwife told me I was 4/5ths and 7 hours later I was holding dd.......

Rhia30 Wed 26-Aug-09 17:24:19

Over here, they count it the other way; and 4/5 means 4th of baby's head still palpable, so not very much engaged yet. 1/5 fully engaged.

slushy06 Wed 26-Aug-09 17:44:42

sadly I was 4/5 engaged from 36 weeks on dd but I still went a week over sorry.

arolf Wed 26-Aug-09 17:53:11

I thought 0/5 means fully engaged; 5/5 means not engaged?
I am 36+3 and was told baby is 3/5th engaged today, but not sure which end of him hope he hangs on a few more days anyway!

Rhia30 Wed 26-Aug-09 17:54:31

Agree with arolf. Yep, it does vary the way they put it, best to check with your midwife!

sleepingcat Wed 26-Aug-09 17:55:54

Grrr, now kicking myself for not asking. The MW just said 'hopefully you wont be here in 2 weeks time' (for my 40wk check up).

There is a lot of pressure right now in my nethers, I'm walking a bit funny and have constant back ache...that could be because this baby is slightly back to back...oh more joy!

Thanks all though for your replies.

ShowOfHands Wed 26-Aug-09 18:02:00

My dd was fixed and engaged for 8 weeks.

arolf Wed 26-Aug-09 18:05:41

sleepingcat - i'm the same - waddling a bit, pressure on my bladder, sore back - midwife is fairly sure she'll see me in a couple of weeks though

good luck anyway!!

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