38th Week of Pregnancy Contractions

Submitted by Nic on January 17, 2012
At 38 weeks pregnant, an expectant mother finds it extremely difficult to move around easily as a result of the weight she has put on. Furthermore, her large tummy falls low, making movement even more difficult. At 38 weeks of pregnancy, it is recommended that a pregnant mother keep her bags ready to leave for the hospital at any time as there’s no telling when the baby will be ready to announce its appearance to the world. This is a very crucial time for any mother-to-be as she eagerly awaits the arrival of her bundle of joy. It is a period filled with anxiety as well, as she looks out...

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...for signs that may be indicators of the end of her long journey to motherhood.

The first sign of labor that an expectant mother normally picks up is 38 weeks pregnant contractions. At 38 weeks pregnant, the contractions are experienced mainly in the pelvic region and the back. When the baby’s head presses against the back, pain may become excruciating. The contractions that are experienced before childbirth are rhythmic and generally start at the top of the uterus and spread out to the whole uterus. They occur at regular intervals and the gap between consecutive contractions keeps reducing as the time for the baby’s arrival nears. There is nothing that can ease or stop these contractions. However, in the case of severe pain, an epidural may be administered to numb the region. When 38 weeks pregnant contractions occur every 10 minutes, an expectant mother is most probably in the early stage of labor. During this period, the cervix will dilate up to 3 centimeters. During the second stage or active labor stage, the cervix will dilate up to 7 centimeters with the contractions occurring around five minutes apart. During the transition phase, the cervix will dilate completely to 10 centimeters and is now ready for the passage of the baby. At this stage, it is absolutely normal for the mother to cry as a result of the tremendous pain. She may also experience nausea or vomiting.

At 38 weeks pregnant, irregular contractions are caused by Braxton Hicks. These contractions are signs of a false labor as they are not linked with the actual contractions of the uterus for childbirth. To check if 38 weeks pregnant contractions at night are actual labor related symptoms, it is advisable to walk around. If the contractions stop, they are bound to be signs of false labor.

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