Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Are you engaged?

Constipation has never been one of my life's problems and luckily enough it hasn't dogged me in pregnancy either, even after I started iron supplements. Since the last 2 weeks my doc has added an extra dose of iron supplement as my hemoglobin has fallen from 12 to 10. This has managed to create some problems in bowel movement, so much so that since yesterday I have been feeling pressure and some pain in the lower pelvis. It goes away on lying down and increases on walking around or getting up from sitting position.

Since we are just two days away from entering the 9th month, I just read the 9th month chapter in What to Expect (the pregnancy Bible) . It says that 'engagement' can happen anytime 4 weeks before labour - and reading about the symptoms makes me wonder if it must have happened in my case - leading to the pressure symptoms, extra sensitive bladder (night time loo calls gone up from just once to two times now) etc.

Another site
gives some detailed info on the pressure symptoms which seems to sum up my case very well -

Pelvic floor pressure:

Once the baby has dropped into position or engagement has occurred, you may feel pressure on the pelvic floor. The head of the baby is pressing very snugly against the cervix now and will continue to do so until birth. You may feel as if you need to move your bowels, the pressing down of the head causes a feeling of fullness and pressure very similar to that. Some women who have had several children might experience some pain. Many women might have trouble walking or feel as if their hips are not working properly. A hard feeling to describe even to doctors, if you are experiencing this odd and painful experience you might feel at the end of your rope trying to find an answer. This pain is stemming from a large tendon that weakens in each pregnancy. The tendon forms a sort of 'saddle' and the stress of engagement may cause pain after sitting or lying down, then standing. To help avoid this pain, try to walk and get exercise to strengthen this area early in your pregnancy.

This is exactly what I told my doc on phone today - that I just cant explain what exactly is happening, because it is all too vague. Anyway, after a dose of Duphalac laxative tonight, we are planning to see him tomorrow - 3 days before our scheduled visit.

Has anyone else experienced similar symptoms when your baby's head got engaged? Please share!

I have managed to make the final list of things to take to the hospital and the bag packing will start today...will post the list tomorrow for benefit of those who might be looking for such information!


  1. My baby's head was engaged in the 30th week itself. I had trouble walking for too long, frequent visits to the loo, etc. its all normal. I had been doing yoga religiously and also did pelvic floor exercises throughout my pregnancy. I still did feel a lot of pressure in my pelvic region. At night, I slept with a pillow between my legs, that helped quite a bit. Enjoy your pregnancy, it lasts only 9 months :)

  2. Thanks that helps a lot, i am experiencing almost the same symptoms, I have done a lot of yoga and exercising pre-pregnancy, but due to my earlier one terminating at 20 weeks, this time I was advised to take it very easy - so hardly any exercise more than the regular household chores...
    Even I've been sleeping with plenty of pillows between the legs - since a few weeks, tends to help!

  3. Many congrats:) Start putting up bumble notes now :) How is the baby doing? Hope you aren't too stressed out.. obviously things straighten out soon!

    (to be re-read as: You basically get used to the lack of sleep!! )