39 Weeks Pregnant Pelvic Pain

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on October 22, 2012

Since an average pregnancy lasts for around 40 weeks, it means that you are very close to your due date, if you are in the 39th week of pregnancy. This is the best time for you to get as much rest as possible, as you may not get to do so, for a long time, after the baby is born. Unfortunately, this is a lot easier said than done; while the due date approaches at a rapid pace, you may feel more uncomfortable, as it could be difficult for you to move around easily. Some of the other problems that you may experience at this time include severe heartburn, cramps, fatigue, swelling in the hands & feet, swollen breasts and pain in the pelvis.


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Most women tend to panic at the thought of 39 weeks pregnant pelvic pain, mainly because of the fact that it is regarded as a symptom of labor. In fact, there are several women who mistake contractions for severe 39 weeks pregnant pelvic pain, or vice versa. Therefore, it is important for you to be able to distinguish between real contractions, Braxton Hicks contractions and regular 39 weeks pregnant pelvic pain, by asking your doctor about it.

It is also important for you to bear in mind that not all instances of 39 weeks pregnant pelvic pain are a sign of labor. As the baby prepares for the birthing process, he or she gets engaged in the pelvis, gradually moving closer to the cervix. This could also be one of the reasons that you experience pelvic pain at 39 weeks pregnant. In this case, changing positions could alleviate the pain to some extent, at least for a short while. However, in case of real labor and contractions, the 39 weeks pregnant pelvic pain does not really abate in spite of changing positions.

There is a lot of information on women who are 39 weeks pregnant and pelvic pain, easily accessible, through parenting books, as well as online resources. However, it is best to consult a medical practitioner about any queries that are related to pain, contractions and labor. In case you experience 39 weeks pregnant sharp pelvic pain, it is important for you to speak to your health care provider immediately, or preferably, go down to the medical facility for a checkup. In fact, sharp pain at any time of the pregnancy could be a major cause of concern and therefore, should be investigated by a doctor, without any delay.

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