Treating Cramps during 40th Week of Pregnancy

Submitted by Nic on August 13, 2012

If you are already past your due date, the 40th week of pregnancy may seem like the longest. In most cases babies are never born on the exact calculated due date and this is no big cause for concern. A pregnant woman’s body is still undergoing many changes even at this stage of pregnancy. One of the most noticeable changes in the 40th week is that the movements of the baby will be felt more strongly. Due to lack of space, the baby is constantly trying to adjust its position to get comfortable and hence the movements felt are more during this week.

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At 40 weeks pregnant cramps are a very common phenomenon, cramps can be felt in different parts of the body such as the abdomen, pelvis and even the legs. Pregnant women also experience varying degrees of back pain in this week. This could be the result of the growing uterus putting pressure on the nerves in the back.


Being 40 weeks pregnant cramps and pressure on the urinary bladder can increase the frequency of urination for a pregnant woman.

If you are 40 weeks pregnant menstrual cramps can be felt every now and then due to excess pressure exerted by the uterus on the lower abdomen and the groin. These menstrual like cramps could indicate false labor or false pains. Many pregnant women confuse these pains for labor contractions. When you are 40 weeks pregnant cramps at night in the legs is also very common. These leg cramps can be quite painful and if they occur at regular intervals, it could indicate the onset of labor. Excess weight on the legs and blood circulation problems can also lead to such leg cramps. These leg cramps are commonly seen among athletic women and those whose work involves a lot of physical activity. If you have been experiencing regular cramping and swelling in the abdomen a belly belt might be helpful in easing these symptoms. A good massage by a trained professional can also help in relieving such pains and provide relaxation at this stage of the pregnancy. At 40 weeks pregnant cramps and back pain can be eased with simple exercises on a case to case basis. Most often doctors do not prefer prescribing pills for this kind of pain during pregnancy. All these changes in the body are basically a preparation for labor and childbirth.

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