GETTING READY for birth
In preparation for birth, your baby may start to move his head into the ischial spine in your pelvis. When the widest part of his head has passed through the narrowest part of your pelvis, his head is said to be ‘engaged’. Some babies may engage a few weeks before their delivery date, however others – especially second or subsequent babies – may only do so once you’re in labour.
A full-term baby can be born at any time between 37 and 42 weeks. If your baby’s head is engaged, you’ll feel as though there is more room underneath your ribs and it will be easier for you to breathe. You may also feel a heaviness and sharp twinges in your vagina. As your body starts to gear up for the birthing process, you may also notice an increase in the frequency and strength of Braxton Hicks contractions.