21 Weeks Pregnant Women Backache | Pregnancy Lower Back Pain
I’m 21 weeks pregnant. Woke up this morning with lower back pains, and they lasted all day. What should I do?
Pregnancy Back Pain Remedy
- Lower back pains during pregnancy are a common occurrence. It occurs due to pressure and weight from the expanding uterus. Only if the pain is excruciating and lasts for a prolonged period of time it should be a cause for concern.
- Is the pain severe or mild? Try to avoid taking any form of pain killer. It is not recommended. Instead you could opt for Homoeopathic drug, Kali Carb.
Back Pain During 39th Week of Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a long yet wonderful 40 week journey to parenthood. By the 39th week of pregnancy, any expectant mother would be anxious as well as eager to hold her little angel in her arms. Besides the anticipation, an expectant mother, yet again, goes through a number of changes as her body prepares for the natural process of childbirth. All the changes at this time are referred to as labor symptoms which signal that the arrival of the baby is at hand.
Constant lower back pain at 39 weeks pregnant could.
.be a result of the strain exerted on the ligaments that hold the uterus in placec This pain usually begins on either side of the uterus and spreads to the lower back regiono
In addition, the heavy uterus exerts pressure on the back as well as the pelvic regiono 39 weeks pregnant back pain could also be caused by pressure exerted on the sciatic nerve and begins in the lower back area and may stretch right down the legsg As a result of a lopsided figure, sleeping comfortably becomes difficult and this puts a strain on various muscles, especially those in the backc As a result of this, many pregnant women complain of 39 weeks pregnant, upper back paini The best way to relieve this kind of pain is by having a hot batht Some women are known to benefit from hot compresses as well as light, soothing back massagese
However, 39 weeks pregnant back pain and stomach pain would more often than not indicate that labor has begunu As the body prepares to push the baby out through the birth canal, the uterus begins contractingn The contractions connected with labor begin to increase with severity and the gap between consecutive contractions gradually decreasese These contractions may feel like severe stomach pain, more severe than those experienced during a menstrual periodo In addition, during labor, the rectal muscles tend to relax and this causes diarrheae This could be another cause of stomach pain towards the end of the pregnancy termr This pain spreads out to the back as welll Lower back pain could also be ‘referred’ pain as a result of the pain experienced as the uterus contractst 39 weeks pregnant with severe back pain is usually a sign of back laboro This occurs as a result of the pressure exerted by the baby’s head on the lower back and may be felt during contractions as well as in between contractionsn
Stomach pain in pregnancy
Some stomach pain and very light cramps in the abdomen/stomach area in early pregnancy is not unusual.
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Are cramps in pregnancy normal?
Light stomach pain at the start of pregnancy is usually caused by your expanding womb and hormones. It can sometimes feel like a ‘stitch’. You may also feel light period-like discomfort or cramps at the beginning and end of pregnancy. These are nothing to worry about.
When should I report stomach pain in pregnancy?
If you are having persistent abdominal/stomach pain or cramping, it should be checked by a doctor or midwife immediately.
What causes stomach pain and cramps in pregnancy?
As we have already explained most stomach pain and cramps in pregnancy are nothing to worry about, but there are some signs and symptoms that you should look out for as they could be a sign that the pain is a sign of something is more serious.
- severe lower one-sided abdominal pain in early pregnancy (between week 5 and 10) with bleeding or a brown discharge could be the sign of an ectopic pregnancy. The pain is sometimes felt in the shoulder. Contact your midwife, doctor or hospital A&E immediately.
- severe cramps in your lower stomach/abdomen with bleeding that lasts for several hours could be a sign of a miscarriage. Contact your midwife, doctor or hospital.
- regular painful contractions/cramps before 37 weeks could be a sign of premature labour, particularly if accompanied by backache, pelvic pressure and vaginal discharge. Contact your midwife, doctor or hospital.
- severe constant pain in your lower abdomen/stomach, tenderness when you press your stomach and back pain with or without bleeding could be a sign of placental abruption. Contact your midwife, doctor or hospital immediately.
- from 20 weeks, pain in the upper abdomen/stomach with other symptoms such as a very bad headache, nausea, vomiting, flashing lights or seeing spots in front of your eyes could be signs of pre-eclampsia. Contact your midwife, doctor or hospital.
If you have lower abdominal pain or dull back pain that comes with one or more of the following, contact your doctor or midwife as soon as possible:
- pain or discomfort when urinating
- pelvic discomfort
- need to urinate frequently (although this on its own is common in a normal pregnancy)
- a raised temperature
- cloudy, foul-smelling or bloody urine
- nausea and vomiting
These are symptoms of an infection of the urinary tract. It is not an emergency but should be treated as soon as possible.
What other kind of stomach pain should I expect?
Towards the end of pregnancy, the following are common:
- ‘Braxton Hicks’ contractions are a sign that the muscles of your womb are tightening. This can happen from as early as 16 weeks, but are more common in later pregnancy. They are infrequent (more than 10 minutes apart) and short-lasting, and uncomfortable more than painful. You do not need to contact your maternity unit or midwife unless contractions become painful and regular (less than 10 minutes apart).
- Contractions/cramps after 37-40 weeks could be the sign of the early stages of labour. This is called latent phase of labour.
Read about our pregnancy insider’s experience of aches and pains during pregnancy.
Discharge in pregnancy
A slight increase in discharge during pregnancy is normal, especially when the weather is hot. You may find that it is a mild-smelling, milky fluid, which is fine.
Swollen hands and feet in pregnancy
Swelling or puffiness of your hands and feet is common in late pregnancy.
Itching in pregnancy
Some itching around the stomach is normal as your skin is stretching around your growing baby.
My baby is not growing in pregnancy
A growing bump is the sign of a growing baby. Your midwife should start measuring your baby from 24 weeks to make sure they are growing at the right rate.
My midwife isn't listening
If you feel that your midwife is not listening to you, you can ask to see another member of the team.
I just think something is wrong
If you feel that something is wrong, or if you are worried about the baby, call your midwife or doctor to talk about it.
Macdonald S, Magill-Cuerden J, Mayes midwifery, thirteenth edition, Edinburgh Balliere Tindall, 2012
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Ectopic pregnancy – information for you, London RCOG, 2010
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage, clinical guideline 154, London NICE, 2012
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Hypertension in pregnancy, clinical guideline 107, London NICE, 2011
ℹ Last reviewed on April 1st, 2014. Next review date April 1st, 2017.
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