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Not engaged. 39 weeks and still free!

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Frecklesandspecs Fri 18-Oct-13 16:53:08

I'm quite annoyed really!!
at 32 weeks I was 3/5 engaged and today at nearly 39 weeks baby's head is still 'free'

Its my third and I read that some don't engage until labour but I'm not even a tiny bit engaged! :-(
HAs anyone else been free at this stage and gone into labour by due date?

Also can they do a sweep if its not engaged or not?


rachyconks Fri 18-Oct-13 16:56:53

Yep. I wasn't engaged at 39 weeks. Midwife held no hope and booked me for a sweep at 40+1, which I ended up cancelling as DD was born that day. I was in labour thinking, I must cancel that midwife appt!! I spent the last week eating, drinking the odd glass of wine and bouncing on my ball. grin

Pascha Fri 18-Oct-13 16:57:08

If its any consolation, with ds2 at 40+5 I was officially "free at brim" so he was hanging about just above the pelvis hmm He had been yoyoing in and out of my pelvis for about 3 weeks, my bump was high-low-high-low over and over. MW did a sweep that day anyway and he was born after a 2 hour labour the next day at 40+6 smile

meditrina Fri 18-Oct-13 17:10:32

Yes. With Dc3. Who hung out transverse/diagonally until about 38 weeks. She didn't engage until onset of labour - which happened bang on time as she was born on due date.

Frecklesandspecs Fri 18-Oct-13 17:23:25

thankyou! midwife said today that they may do sweep next week at appt at 39 +
Did your lazy babies get into a good position for birth?
I'm hoping I don't get a posterior position if head isn't engaging? (reading too much spinning babies!)

Pascha Fri 18-Oct-13 17:45:02

DS2 just swivelled himself around and swam on down as labour progressed. At 12.00 he was highish and at 2.34pm he was born. It didn't add any difficulty at all.

rachyconks Fri 18-Oct-13 20:12:02

I was back to back, laboured & delivered like that. It was fine.

Hannahwillo88 Sat 19-Oct-13 08:46:33

I wouldn't worry neither of my two girls engaged till labour I couldn't have a sweep tho as the midwives said there was nothin pushing against my cervix, with my second daughter the midwife came to see me at abt 11am and said baby was still wasn't engaged felt so down then at 4.30pm the same day I started having pains and she was born at 8.07pm same day so there is hope

Frecklesandspecs Sat 19-Oct-13 09:42:05

Ty x lets hope! I had back to back with my first and it was a hard laboyr but I guess most first laboyrs are!

ShowOfBloodyStumps Sat 19-Oct-13 09:48:53

It's to be expected. Second and subsequent babies tend to pop in and out until labour and some don't engage at all until labour starts.

DD was fixed and fully engaged from 31 weeks. She was born at 39 weeks.

DS didn't engage at all. He was still free and high at my 36 week appointment, still free and high when my waters broke not long afterwards and after 38 hours of labour, erm, still free and high.

You can read nothing into it.

purple84 Sat 19-Oct-13 10:26:38

I am 39wks today and I have never been fully engaged it just keeps going in and out but never stays there for long!!

terilou87 Sat 19-Oct-13 11:20:55

With my last dc I kept going front 3/5 th to free at my last appointment at 41+2 he was free and I went into labour and gave birth naturally at 41+5 the day before I was about to be inducedsmile

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