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so I went into labour ward last night to see if I was in labour...

(7 Posts)
gem1981 Sun 05-Oct-08 09:09:28

had been having backache/contractions since friday night.

they asked me to go in to check i did not have a UTI.(I don't)

when i was on the monitor I was showing strong (ish) regular contractions. MW said tehy weren't lasting long enough for me to be in true labour.
she gave me a vaginal exam and said she could feel the head had come down (this is my second baby) but cervix was still posterior

Feel a bit deflated now as i thought it was all starting....nothing really happened to speak of last night - still getting the odd contraction but not as regular...

I suppose what I want to know is
with your second does it mean anything significant when the head is right in the pelvis?

Nbg Sun 05-Oct-08 09:12:58

How many weeks are you?

If baby is head down and low then that is a good sign but you obviously still have a bit of waiting if the cervix is posterior.

Try and keep as active as you can.
Do you have a birth ball or a rocking chair?
If you do, try sitting and rocking the pelvis to get things moving.

belgo Sun 05-Oct-08 09:13:40

Hi gem,

I don't think the baby's head being in the pelvis means anything significant, I have a friend who's baby's head was engaged at 30 weeks but wasn't born until 41 weeks (her second baby). All my babies have been engaged from around 36 weeks, but not born until after 40 weeks. I'm two days off my due date now and the baby's head is so low I'm waddling grin, and have been having painful braxton hicks for quite a while, but still nothing happening!

It's so frustrating waiting isn't it?

whomovedmychocolate Sun 05-Oct-08 09:15:11

Well DS was engaged for twelve weeks before being extracted through the catflap route.


gem1981 Sun 05-Oct-08 09:34:48

... bloody hell

wanted you all to say "oooooohhhh sounds imininent" grin

will just have to keep waiting. this pregnancy seems to have draaaaggggggeddddddd on and on !!!!!!

Belgo - yup frustrating alright. Keep telling myself to keep busy, but I have already cleaned everything in sight and organised all the cupboards...

37 weeks + 1 day and counting grin

have a birthing ball. will get on that !!

engaged for 12 weeks whomovedmychocolate shock crumbs!!!!

belgo Sun 05-Oct-08 09:42:26

sorrygrin but who knows, there's nothing an unpredictable as when labour is going to start!

MoonlightMcKenzie Sun 05-Oct-08 09:57:09


I had a VERY posterior cervix with DS and was 3/5 palpable. I gave birth 9 hours after the examination.

With DD I refused internals but was 3/5 palpable on admission to the birth centre. I gave birth half an hour later.

These things are indication tools but don't offer any certainty.

Good luck!

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