When Does Baby Engage

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Hi I'm 33 weeks this Sunday and this is my first baby so exciting, but this week I have been having pain in my pelvis especially on the left hand side like hes pushing down and the occasional pain which feels like a knife stab pain which can make me stop for a little while but only lasts a few minutes then gone.

Please can you tell me what this is and if its all normal.

Thanks

ANSWER

It sounds like you have a healthy, active baby who is stretching your last ligament! Obviously, these are unpleasant feelings, but they are not dangerous to either you or your son. Hang in there, and enjoy having your little treasure all to yourself for these last few weeks--before you know it, he will need to be fed and changed!

--Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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