just come back from MW

Discussion in 'Third Trimester' started by petchy, Dec 28, 2005.

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when YOUR MW says relation to brim = 4/5, does she mean:

  1. 4/5 engaged

  2. 1/5 engaged (ie she can feel 4/5 of the head above my pelvis)

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  1. petchy

    petchy Well-Known Member

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    and was wondering if any of you could give me your opinion.. i am reading my notes and they say "relation to brim - 4/5" i know the way this is put can differ from MW to MW, but do you think by this she means he's

    A) 4/5 engaged
    B) 1/5 engaged (ie she can feel 4/5 of the head above my pelvis)

    :?:

    silly me forgot to ask, as was desperate to get out of there to go to the loo!! lol

    i know he certainly feels lower than before, he's pressing on my bladder something rotten the naughty little boy! but the last time (2 weeks ago) he was not even beginning to engage.
     
  2. Urchin

    Urchin Well-Known Member

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    I googled "relation to brim" and found this:

    The female pelvis is shaped like a bowl with the bottom cut off.

    The top of the pelvis is called the brim and the bottom is called the outlet.

    Towards the end of pregnancy the part of the baby which is born first (hopefully the head) settles into the pelvis. This is called engagement

    Relation to brim describes how much of the head can be felt above the pelvis. It is usually measured in fifths.

    5/5 means that no part of the head is in the pelvis. 4/5 means that the top part of the head is in the pelvis and so on.

    By the time the head is 0/5 the baby is almost born at the end of labor.

    If at the end of a first pregnancy the midwife or ob/gyn can still feel 5/5 of the baby's head it may mean that the baby is too large to be born naturally.

    With second or later babies the head may not go into the pelvis until the mother goes into labor.


    So it looks like 1/5 of the babies head has dropped into your pelvis....maybe!
     
  3. petchy

    petchy Well-Known Member

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    thanx urchin! :D
     

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