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Engagement is a term that many mothers hear their doctors or midwives use late in the third trimester, although some moms-to-be are unsure of what it means. Technically engagement is the term used when the baby enters the pelvis to prepare for delivery. This engagement may occur around 36 or 37 weeks for a first-time mother, but may not occur until labor begins for moms who have previously had children.

Sometimes it is possible for a woman to tell when she becomes engaged. There might be physical signs such as, an increase in the ability to breathe comfortably, or a woman’s belly might look visibly lower to herself as well as those around her. When engagement happens a woman might feel lighter, or might feel like she has more energy.

She also might notice a whole new range of aches and pains. Her pelvic bone may start hurting, she may find that she has pain in her thighs as her pelvic bone makes room for the baby, and she may notice increased difficulty when it comes to walking. There is often an increased pressure placed on the woman’s bladder once her baby becomes engaged.

Engagement is one of several pre-labor signs that can occur weeks before delivery of your baby. The other signs include a change in energy levels, and you may feel more or less tired, the loss of your mucus plug, and Braxton Hicks contractions. Engagement is definitely a step that should be celebrated, but be careful not to get TOO excited or worried about it, as it doesn’t necessarily mean that labor is in your immediate future.

Other terms a woman might hear during her pregnancy that relate to engagement include “lightening” or “dropping”. These are in reference to the lightness that some women feel, or the visible dropping of the baby, and lowering of the belly positioning as the baby engages in the pelvis and readies itself for birth.


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4 Responses to “Engagement”

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    Engagement signs | Xtremetooldesigns Says:

    […] Engagement | Pregnancy | Baby, Pregnancy, and Parenting at BabiesEngagement is one of several pre-labor signs that can occur weeks before delivery of your baby. The other signs include a change in energy levels, and you may feel more or less tired, the loss of your mucus plug, and Braxton Hicks contractions. […]

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    ADAM’S BIRTH - Marwa Rakha Says:

    […] coming any time soon; I had no signs of labor – no contractions, no show, and he was not even engaged yet! I woke up on the 18th at 5:30 in the morning because one of my cats wanted to […]

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    Viki Says:

    They are they fraction of the head that can be palpated – or felt. Ie; if they have written 4/5, then 4/5s of the head can be felt and 1/5 has descended into the pelvic area and so can no longer be felt.

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    sunilacharya Says:

    i don’t understand what physician write 5/5,4/5, 3/5,2/5,1/5 while writing comments on engagement

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