Back Pain During 39th Week of Pregnancy

Submitted by Nic on January 24, 2012

Pregnancy is a long yet wonderful 40 week journey to parenthood. By the 39th week of pregnancy, any expectant mother would be anxious as well as eager to hold her little angel in her arms. Besides the anticipation, an expectant mother, yet again, goes through a number of changes as her body prepares for the natural process of childbirth. All the changes at this time are referred to as labor symptoms which signal that the arrival of the baby is at hand.

Constant lower back pain at 39 weeks pregnant could...

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...be a result of the strain exerted on the ligaments that hold the uterus in place. This pain usually begins on either side of the uterus and spreads to the lower back region. In addition, the heavy uterus exerts pressure on the back as well as the pelvic region. 39 weeks pregnant back pain could also be caused by pressure exerted on the sciatic nerve and begins in the lower back area and may stretch right down the legs. As a result of a lopsided figure, sleeping comfortably becomes difficult and this puts a strain on various muscles, especially those in the back. As a result of this, many pregnant women complain of 39 weeks pregnant, upper back pain. The best way to relieve this kind of pain is by having a hot bath. Some women are known to benefit from hot compresses as well as light, soothing back massages.

However, 39 weeks pregnant back pain and stomach pain would more often than not indicate that labor has begun. As the body prepares to push the baby out through the birth canal, the uterus begins contracting. The contractions connected with labor begin to increase with severity and the gap between consecutive contractions gradually decreases. These contractions may feel like severe stomach pain, more severe than those experienced during a menstrual period. In addition, during labor, the rectal muscles tend to relax and this causes diarrhea. This could be another cause of stomach pain towards the end of the pregnancy term. This pain spreads out to the back as well. Lower back pain could also be ‘referred’ pain as a result of the pain experienced as the uterus contracts. 39 weeks pregnant with severe back pain is usually a sign of back labor. This occurs as a result of the pressure exerted by the baby’s head on the lower back and may be felt during contractions as well as in between contractions.

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