Palpable?

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  1. (*)FebBaby(*)

    (*)FebBaby(*) Active Member

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    Hiya :)

    Can someone please explain what 4/5 palpable means?

    I was at my midwife appointment today and she wrote it in my book and i don't know what it means :(

    Also, how long after your babies were 4/5 did you go into labour?

    xx
     
  2. kellysomer

    kellysomer Well-Known Member

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    4/5 palpable means that the MW can feel (palpate) 4/5 of the babys head, so most of it is out of the pelvis with only 1/5 of it inside the pelvis.

    First babies can do this weeks before labour so no need to worry. I dont think it means youre about to pop. Second babies can be unengagaed when labour starts and sudddenly move as the pelvis is much looser.
     
  3. leckershell

    leckershell Well-Known Member

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    I was 4/5 at 36 weeks and went 10 days overdue. As said above it means 4/5 is out of the pelvis. 1/5 means you're pretty damn close to having the baby, so it's a 4,3,2,1 countdown :)
     

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