38 Weeks Pregnant Pain
Submitted by Nic on January 24, 2012
The 38th week of pregnancy marks the full term of a woman’s pregnancy. The woman is likely to go through more changes and very often experiences greater discomfort – nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches and sometimes even pain. Most often these are signs that the baby is ready to be born.
38 weeks pregnant pain is very often a clear indication of labor, that is, the process of childbirth. This is something almost every woman in her last stage of pregnancy must expect. 38 weeks pregnant pain is caused by sharp contractions...
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...that are very similar to menstrual pain. The contractions accompanied by the breaking of water, that is, the rupture in the amniotic sac are the main signs of imminent childbirth.
38 weeks pregnant pain caused by contractions that are regular and frequent only indicate actual labor. One must beware of false labor caused by 38 weeks pregnant pain in the groin area. This false labor is caused by Braxton Hicks contractions that are irregular are not very painful at all times. This is caused by tightening of the uterus. False labor pain and contractions may start a few weeks before the actual labor day and may be frequent during the last week of pregnancy for some expecting mothers.
38 weeks pregnant pain when the baby moves is also experienced by some mothers to-be. This is mainly caused because the baby has grown in size and is applying more pressure on the uterus. The weight of the baby has increased and the ligaments of the uterus have stretched. More so, the woman is also undergoing a lot of hormonal changes to cope with childbirth.
Similarly, 38 weeks pregnant pain in pelvis also indicates the onset of actual labor and at the same time is related to the stretching of the ligaments and the changing weight and size of the baby. In addition to this the 38 weeks pregnant pain in cervix sign says that the baby is knocking on it for it to be let outside your womb.
In normal cases this pain is not a cause of great concern; however 38 week pregnant pain in upper abdomen should not be ignored. Pain in the lower abdomen caused due to pain in the groin, pelvis, cervix is common, but pain the upper abdomen and below ribs along with excessive nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, blood pressure changes, vision changes occurs, then it may be a warning that the pregnant woman has pre-eclampsia.
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