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Im pg with my second child and have dropped dramatically in the last 2 days and I heard that with subsequent pregnancies that your bubs head engages just prior to going into labour.
How soon after your bubs head engaged/you dropped did you go into labour with your subsequent pregnancies????
With DD2 my belly dropped (it felt like it was down around my knees) about 2 weeks before but bubs didn't engage until I was well into labour. Although they do say that they can engage and disengage all the time right up to the point they are ready to make their escape!!
With #2, she didn't engage until I was in labour.
#1 engaged 4 days before she was born. She was 10 days early, and quite frankly, 4 days of the discomfort of her being engaged was MORE than long enough.
I'll be quite happy if #3 engages late, too. It cramps my (active) lifestyle if baby engages any earlier than necessary!
#1 engaged 2 weeks before and stayed that way. #2 engaged then disengaged 4 or 5 times. Eventually he not only disengaged, but then decided to lie sideways. The Dr thought that I just had a lot of fluid, so that he kept spinning around all the time. Ended up in hospital for 2 weeks as a precaution in case of a prolapsed cord. He then decided to engage again, I was released from hospital (this was about 39 weeks) but had to go for daily checks. He then disengaged again, and the Dr decided enough was enough. He turned him manually (I think it is called an ECV?) and pushed the head down while he broke my waters.
I though that once they had engaged they stayed that way - how wrong was I!
My 1st was engaged for about a week before anything happened, my second didn't engage till I was in labour.
Yep, everyone is different. My daughter dropped about 3 weeks before she came. I felt like I had a bowling ball between my legs for a while! lol The doctor's quote was "It's not going to go down any further before you go into labour". I hope your baby arrives safely and soon.
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