How long after head engaged did you go into labour?

11/03/2008 at 15:47
Hi all,

Just a quick question. How long after the head engaging did you go into labour?

The head is 4/5th engaged and I'm 34 weeks.


11/03/2008 at 16:37
Is head 4/5th engaged or 4/5th palpable? Usually its measured as how much of the head is out of the cervix (palpable) rather than how much is in (engaged), if that makes sense.
My LO was 3/5th palpable (2/5th engaged) at 36 weeks but I still went 2 weeks overdue...sorry! LOL.
11/03/2008 at 16:40
hi, yes i agree they normally write the amount they can feel. So if it says 4/5th engaged that normally means only 1/5 is in the pelvis. Holly was 2/5 at 38 weeks, then at 40 weeks only 4/5 engaged! And this was my first so in theory shouldnt have come back up! And i went a week over im afraid! Sorry! Atleast baby is heading in the right direction though! x
11/03/2008 at 18:10
My baby was completely free and un-engaged right up until I went into labour! I went 13 days overdue so this might have something to do with it.
Its really hard to say though.
Like everyone has said, 4/5 means they can still feel 4/5 of the head so only 1/5 has engaged. Its going the right way though, and is good for 34 weeks!

Amy xxx

12/03/2008 at 06:33
My baby was engaged 2/5 from 33 weeks and 1/5 from 36 weeks but still went overdue by a week. If the head is engaging it is a very good sign that the baby is a nice normal size to fit through the birth canal. My 2nd baby was huge and was not even engaged in established labour. Still gave birth to him naturally though. xxx
12/03/2008 at 07:47
i have been 3/5 since 34wks n at my last appointment was 4/5 not sure wot i am now as im bak there tomoz for my term appointment good luck

Soulmate 39+6
12/03/2008 at 08:46
Hi, my baby's head was 2/5th engaged (3/5th palpable) at 30 weeks, at 37 weeks it dropped to 3/5ths engaged and at 38 weeks it was 4/5ths engaged, I'm now 41+3, had 2 membrane sweeps and still nothing is happening...sorry, I hope it's different for you, but I remember being so excited at 30 weeks that it was engaged already!!
13/03/2008 at 13:16
I'm dropping more and more each day. People keep saying to me they think I'll have it in a few weeks and midwife thinks I may be a bit early.

Thank you for your advice and what happened to you. Baby was head down for 4 weeks and only just engaged.


34 + 2
14/03/2008 at 05:25
He was engaged for about 3/4 weeks before labour. It made sitting so hard - especially when taking a bath in early labour!
14/03/2008 at 07:15
Ellie's head was engaged about 3 weeks before I went into labour.
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09/07/2013 at 16:33

my daughter is 37 wks and just come frm midwife after being told babys head is in wolverhampton and shes in london,..and i really dont wanna miss the birth of my first grandaughter..and my girl really wants her mum with her at birth,,im going dwn tues till after the birh..but am i leaving it too late??

09/07/2013 at 16:47

I think you should be ok. My baby was fully engaged then came back up. Needed an hour of gas an air to get her back down as went in to labour while she was still floating about xx

DD1 born @ 38+4 on 17/07/09 @ 8:37pm 7lb 2oz, 1 hour 20 min labour

DD2 born @ 38+6 on 30/01/14 @ 1:35pm 6lb 13oz, planned c-sec due to footling breech

22/07/2013 at 19:13

i saw MW today and she said the head was engaged, that she could only feel 2/5 and that she wont move down any more now till labour basically. i cant tell if my bump has dropped atall tho? my friend was telling me about a week and a half ago hers had dropped, and shes actually in the hospital today at full term, so i just dont know when to expect our baby!

first baby 37 weeks


22/07/2013 at 19:22

My baby fully engaged on the Tuesday, came out again then didn't engage again  till I was fully dilated on the Friday x

DD1 born @ 38+4 on 17/07/09 @ 8:37pm 7lb 2oz, 1 hour 20 min labour

DD2 born @ 38+6 on 30/01/14 @ 1:35pm 6lb 13oz, planned c-sec due to footling breech

23/09/2013 at 15:34

My baby was engaged 1/5 at my 34 weeks mw appointment and today when i went to hospital due to some blood test for ichynes they said tht the head is 3/5 engaged im 36+5 today im not sure what does that mean

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