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August 21st, 2007, 09:38 PM
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Hello gorgeous girls,

I have just returned from my doctors appointment and I am 36weeks and 5days pregnant. My entire pregnancy has been completely hassle free and "normal" and the baby has been head down for quite a while now.
However, today, the doctor told me that the babys head has yet to engage - or drop down into my pelvis. He went on to say that this was not really a problem and that there was every chance i could still deliver naturally.
HOWEVER, what the heck? Every chance i could still deliver naturally?? What does that mean??
Is my pelvis too small?? The baby is not extremely large as far as I know...
Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how i could encourage my bubby to engage and get down into y pelvis??

Thanks xx

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August 21st, 2007, 10:06 PM
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Ok , first go get a birthing ball , or exercises ball , they have them at wal-mart for like $10 or $15 sitting on these can help baby engage in your pelvis and get ready to be born , HERE is where you can read more about it's use . I would assume that what he meant was that if baby does not engage then ( surprise surprise ) c-section . As far as babies size they are hardly ever right when they guess at that so don't even give much weight to that , and as far as your pelvic size , the only way they can know about that is to x-ray it and see which they can't do now , so don't worry about either of those at all . Ok my brain is starting to lag here so I'm sure others can chime in here for ya lol ( sorry pg brain ) .
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August 21st, 2007, 10:37 PM
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its' TOTALLY normal for the baby to not "engage" until labor starts. My first was that way. Even at 5cm she still hadn't fully engaged, so my midwfe made me take a fast-paced Sumo-wrestler walk. It worked

Dont' stress too much about it. walking around with your feet farther apart can help as can sitting on the floor cross-legged and there are a few other things as well, But don't worry
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August 22nd, 2007, 11:10 AM
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Way not to worry you (insert sarcasim). I don't know what is wrong with the medical profession. LOL

Anyho...Ivy didn't "drop" until I was in transition (7-9 cm) until then she was as one nurse put it "in my tonsiles" I agree it's normal not to engage until labor. Please don't let anyone talk you into a c-section because you haven't engaged or because your to small.

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