If the babie's head is down it does not mean it is in the birth canal. It just means that the head is resting against the cervix. I had this happen too with my last baby, but at 34-35 weeks preg. and he didn't come out until his scheduled c-section 10 days before the due date, and I believe that if I was having a "natural" birth then he would have stayed past his date. My sister was walking around for about 2 weeks with her last one dialated to 5 cm and she still needed to be induced to start labour. Our bodies are such strange things and we never know what'll happen. I remember the pelvic pain I had with my last one, and resting helped a lot. Just follow your doc's words and lay down as much as possible with you feet higher than your head.
Hey Tweety I am only 15 1/2 weeks along and get terrible pelvic pain. I notice it when I get up to walk after sitting a while at work or if I really have to go to the bathroom. There have been times I want to cry it hurts so bad to walk. I do not remember this with my first pg although it was 5 1/2 yrs ago. The nurse in the drs ofc recommended Tylenol and a heating pad for a short time. I have not done this though so I can't tell you if it works. I hope it gets better soon for the both of us. Hang in there.
Babies turn head down around like 26-28 wks. That is normal. The pelvic pain is also normal. Baby is much heavier and putting pressure on your cervix. Also the other pain sounds like Braxton Hicks, which are also normal. But follow your doctors instructions. As far as a bath, I took bath all the way to the end of my pregnancy...with all three of them...
IT SOUNDS LIKE U HAVE BRAXTON HICKS CONTRACTIONS!!
I just started getting them about a week or so ago and I will be 22 weeks this Thursday. It feels like a hard ball twisting in your abdomen...it gets all hard and it feels very weird. They are totally normal at your stage of pregnancy. Look them up on the web. there's lots of material to read. Some people get them when they are 15 weeks.....the more pregnancies you have the earlier you get them. My dr is a little worried because I am getting them so early and this is my first pregnancy. I should not be getting them until my 27th week. I am very surprised that your dr did not bring up the subject of Braxton Hicks to you.
If you are having intermittent "hardness" (some people describe it as a "balling up" feeling) more than 4-5 times in an hour, you really should call the doc and see if you can't get worked in to be seen today.
Other signs of preterm labor include: