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Q&A: Is back pain a sign of labor?

I'm 38 weeks, dilated to 1 1/2 cm and fully effaced. I have been uncomfortable, but haven't noticed anything real dramatic as far as excessive pain until last night. My lower back is absolutely killing me, to the point of it hurting to much to walk. Should I be prepared that labor will soon follow or just get rest and pay attention to the overall signs of labor as my body sends them?

Re: I'm 38 weeks, dilated to 1 1/2 cm and fully effaced. I have been uncomfortable, but haven't noticed anything real dramatic as far as excessive pain until last night. My lower back is absolutely killing me, to the point of it hurting to much to walk. Should I be prepared that labor will soon follow or just get rest and pay attention to the overall signs of labor as my body sends them?

The Bump Expert

Everything you describe is completely normal for a term pregnancy (pregnancy after 37 weeks of gestation). Unfortunately, I can’t predict when labor is going to start. It could be tonight, or it could be weeks from now. The most important thing is to stay well-hydrated and to have a plan in place for when you do go into labor. Pack your bag for the hospital now, if you haven’t already done so. Talk to your doctor about when he/she wants you to call and come into the hospital. And, make sure you have a way to get in touch with your partner at all times.

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Dr. Ashley Roman

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When I went into labor, my contractions were completely in my back because my baby was posterior. But the pain came and went with each contraction, so I don't think constant back pain is necessarily a sign of labor.

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At 36 weeks I was having excrutiating back pain mostly on my left side... The pain was coming in waves approx every hour, but not completely letting up between. I called my Dr's emergency number and was assessed and admitted through the night with a diagnosis of kidney stones... They are fairly common with pregnancy and needs to be checked out as the pain can cause premature labor! After a few days the stone had either moved to a more comfortable position or passed, so I was released and if it comes back we know what is happening and can treat it.

jcmh80 |

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im 30 weeks now and i always have pain in my back to the front,wondering what is that?

mpyandoc |

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Ok. Im 30 weeks and im dailated already and for the past two day my back has hurt realy bad not like normol back pains. Iv had two kids and my bk has never hurt bad enuff to keep me a wake all night ???

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