engagement - 3/5th what does that mean???

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  1. Vera

    Vera Member

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    Hi,

    can anyone tell me what 3/5 or 4/5 engaged means. The midwife just wrote it down in my hospital notes and I am a bit confused now. don't really want to phone and bother her.... It was 4/5 a fortnight ago and now it is 3/5 - does that mean it is more or less engaged????

    thanks
    Vera (EDD-3)
     
  2. Blossom

    Blossom Well-Known Member

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    I think it means it's more engaged.

    As I understand it, they write down what they can feel, so last week she could feel 4/5 of the babys head. This week she can only feell 3/5 of the head, meaning another 5th has dropped down.

    xx
     
  3. Vera

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    Yes, that makes sense - thank you! I just wondered how the head could come up again :roll:
    anyway - baby seems in the right position - so its just a question of waiting.......

    Vera
     
  4. Blossom

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    You must be as fed up as me! I was convinced that baby was going to come early - now i'm two days over and still no sign :(

    My notes from tuesday say 3 - 4/5. Apparently I'm partly effaced but not dialted at all, so the midwife reckons it could be a little while yet...they will wait 12 days before they induce me :shock:

    She did a stretch and sweep and booked me in for another on Monday, so doesn;t look like it's going to be really soon.

    How about you, have they talked about how long they'll wait?

    Have you had any labout symptoms or anything yet? I had a show nearly three weeks ago and got dead excited, but that's about it.
     
  5. Vera

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    Hi Blossom.

    seems we're sitting in the same boat... I really have no idea at all when the baby is going to come. no show, 3/5th "engaged", at least right position - but its been like this for ages... and ok my due date has even been yet - but I can't wait anyway.... I have got a hospital appointment next Thu which will be EDD+5 - I reckon they will offer me a sweep then and probably discuss induction :( my midwife said something about 12-14 days... but I have planned to try a couple of things tomorrow: hot curry, bath, s*x etc. see if it helps.... about 10 days ago I thought it was gonna start - cramps in my tummy at night - turned out to be just an upset stomache...

    so I hope you don't have to wait that much longer... and everything goes well, fingers cross the sweep is going to help... all the best

    Vera
     
  6. Blossom

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    Good luck to you as well - it's your due date today :D Has anything happened yet? Any twinges or pains?


    sadly I'm still waiting!
     
  7. Yvonne

    Yvonne Well-Known Member

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    Hi Ladies,

    i was just noseying in this section to see what was going on.

    i can sympathise with you, i am only 14 weeks at the moment, but i went 10 days over due with my first and they induced me then cos of high blood pressure!
    it all a waiting game, they did a membrane sweep on me- let me say i would rather be in labour!! mind you she did have big hands!! Lol

    Any way good luck ladies and let us know as soon as something happens

    :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
     
  8. AmberNicole

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    I know my baby was stationed at -1 on Friday. She needs to be at 0 to be engaged. So her head is still floating a little. She's being a stubborn little thing! I can't wait to finally hold her!
     
  9. Kerry

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    They measure you in fifths as to how far down the baby's head is at the time of examination. It can however go backwards and forwards to it may be 4/5 one week and then 2/5 the next!!!
     

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