If it brings on labor, I'll try jumping jacks... Got a baby shower today, and a study through childrens hospital that I get paid for today so after that, I'll absolutely try jumping jacks.
I'm 3 cm, 50 % effaced, lost my mucus plug a week ago... 90% sure I've dropped and I am READY to have this baby. Bring on 4 cm.
I don't think dropping means as much for 2nd time moms? It can happen early or happen during the middle of labor.
Usually with FTMs it means labor in 2-4 weeks (that's what I was told with Aiden and 5 weeks after engaging I still had no labor period).
However, with everything else you have going on I'd definitely take it as a positive sign!!!
I have actually heard the opposite...that 1st time moms drop earlier and BTDT moms don't usually drop until labor. My OB told me this at my last appt. I thought someone in our board (maybe?) had said to expect labor within something like 2 weeks if you drop as a BTDT mom. Although, 2 weeks is a pretty wide window when you're already full term, lol.
It can varry, its more about how they are positioned so their heads put the right kind of pressure on your cervix. Also, dropping and their head being engaged tend to be 2 different things especially for a btdt momma. Because your pelvis has already spread and been stretched to from previous pregnancy(s) theres more room for thhem to bob a bit. So, they dont tend to fully engage tillyou are in labor and they are being pushed further down by contractions
I have no idea if he's engaged or not all I know is it hurts like crazy to walk or to do simple things like get my pants on... And today some co-workers definitely noticed that I was carrying him differently. The good news is my back hardly hurts at all anymore. Bad news is I'm still pregnant. I guess thats not a bad thing, I was just hoping with all the contractions I had last week that he woud come this last weekend. I don't want to have to leave work in the middle of the day with no bag and no one to drive me to the hospital.
Yeah, unfortunately for us BTDT mom's it's harder to actually tell when the baby has dropped unless their head is engaged. I thought for sure this baby had dropped and was engaged last week because even just sitting down it was sooooo much pressure and like you I struggle to do every day things like putting on my pants (I just know I'm going to do a face plant into the floor/wall sooner rather than later!) or tie my shoes. But when I had my OB appt on wed he said that while he's head down and "low" his head is still "bobbing" around. Based off of what he said I'd have to agree that BTDT moms don't tend to have the baby engage until labor (though that's not saying it's impossible) just because they have more room to move around. But every pregnancy is different! With my first pregnancy the baby dropped a few weeks before labor, so I'm not sure if that's really any indication of how long you have until labor starts. Are you on weekly appointments now? Your ob should be able to tell you if you've truly dropped/engaged.
Here's some photos for 2nd time mom dropping.
First is last weekend, second is today. She dropped Saturday.
Who knows when I'll go into labor, but I am interested in what my midwife has to say Wednesday. lol