Upper & Lower Back Pain in 38th Week of Pregnancy

Submitted by Nic on August 9, 2012

At 38 weeks pregnant, gestation is in the final stages of pregnancy and this stage makes every pregnant woman anxious. The anxiety is mainly linked with labor and childbirth although there is also the eagerness for the baby to arrive. Most signs and symptoms of labor usually set in by the 38th week of pregnancy. At 38 weeks pregnant back pain is a clear indication that labor is in progress. At this stage the uterus is undergoing several changes in order to prepare for childbirth ...


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Back Pain At 40 Weeks Pregnant

...and therefore when a woman is 38 weeks pregnant back pain and cramps in the pelvic region are the first sign that labor has begun. The most important sign in labor is known as lightening and this refers to abdominal lowering. This happens when the baby turns around with its head facing downwards in position for birth. The baby’s head is at the mouth of the uterus and it is ready to move through the birth canal in the process of labor. Therefore when you are 38 weeks pregnant and lower back pain is experienced, you know you have to be prepared for labor and childbirth. When the baby is in position for birth and the abdominal lowering happens, it exerts a lot of pressure on the ligaments that are holding the uterus in position. As the uterus prepares to push the baby out, the back pain and contractions become more intense. These contractions are very different from Braxton Hicks contractions which can be eased by adjusting your position. Labor contractions increase and decrease rhythmically and are the strongest just before birth.

At 38 weeks pregnant upper back pain is another common problem for most pregnant women. This kind of pain in the upper back could be because of weight gain and also the enlargement of the breasts. Upper back pain occurs because the uterus has grown to its maximum size by the 38th week of pregnancy and starts exerting pressure on the ribs. Pain in the shoulders is also common as the nerves in the diaphragm get pressed. Some women even experience heartburn because of the extra pressure on their stomach. In most cases severe back pain at 38 weeks pregnant is due to labor and is usually accompanied by similar sharp pains in the thighs and vaginal region. However, if such pain is accompanied by vaginal bleeding and sharp lower abdominal pain, it must be reported to the doctor immediately.

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