Cramping & Back Pain in 38th Week of Pregnancy
Submitted by Nic on August 13, 2012
At 38 weeks, a pregnant woman is almost at the end of her pregnancy term. Most pregnant women go into labor by this stage of pregnancy. However, it is not uncommon for expectant mothers to not realize that they are in labor as they miss nature’s way of indicating that it is time for the arrival of the baby. At 38 weeks pregnant, cramps are very common. They could either be signs of labor or a strain on the ligaments that hold the uterus in place. At 38 weeks pregnant, menstrual cramps like symptoms are generally signs of labor...
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...There are two kinds of labor experienced by pregnant women, false labor known as Braxton Hicks or actual labor. The signs of false labor are rather irregular and generally ease on walking around. 38 weeks pregnant cramps at night could be signs of false labor. Cramps caused by strained ligaments also worsen at night because it is difficult for an expectant mother to sleep comfortably due to her large belly. 38 weeks pregnant cramps and back pain would almost definitely be indicative of labor, the reason for back pain during labor being the strain exerted on the back when the baby’s head presses against it, as it tries to move lower. Actual labor contractions are regular and increase in severity as well as frequency with the passage of time. 38 weeks pregnant cramps and discharge would normally be indicative of the loss of the mucus plug that is expelled from the body when the cervix begins to dilate in preparation for the natural passage of the baby through the birth canal. This discharge is heavier than normal vaginal discharge and may be blood streaked. When accompanied by mild bleeding, it is referred to as the bloody show. 38 weeks pregnant cramps and nausea is mainly caused by the hormones that come into play as the process of labor begins.
Other signs of labor normally kick in before the 38th week of labor. One such sign is referred to as the nesting urge. In this case, the expectant mother suddenly feels a burst of energy pushing her to getting things ready for the nursery and for the baby. This sign is often mistaken for anxiety with regard to not having things ready for the baby’s arrival. Lightening is another indicator since it signals that the baby has taken its position for the natural process of childbirth. When this happens, the tummy falls low as the baby turns upside down, with its head resting on the cervical opening. The urge to urinate frequently increases as the uterus now presses against the bladder.
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