Posted by: Meme | 2005/07/28


Hi there,

I would just like to know: what does engageing or quickening mean and how long before baby's coming does it happen? Also, what is the symptoms?

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Engaging is when the head drops into the pelvis. This can happen any time after 34 weeks. Quickening is the start of fetal movements around 16-20 weeks.

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Posted by: Jean | 2005/07/28

Quickening is the first movements you feel from your baby. It could happen any time between 16 and 22 weeks, depening on your build and if this is your first or second pregnancy.

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Posted by: PARIS | 2005/07/28

While your baby continues to grow and crowd your internal organs, you may find that you're not as hungry as you were a few weeks ago. Smaller, more frequent meals are often easier to handle at this point. On the other hand, you may have less heartburn and have an easier time breathing when your baby starts to drop down lower in your pelvis. This dropping — called lightening or engagement — is more likely to happen before labor if this is your first baby. When it does, though, you may feel increased pressure in your lower abdomen, making walking increasingly uncomfortable. Some women say it feels as though they're carrying a bowling ball between their legs, or as if the baby is going to fall out. (Don't worry, she won't!)


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