Pregnancy Backache or Preterm Labor?
But there's a difference between "normal" pregnancy backache and the signs of pre-term labor, when you start going into the early stages of labor prior to 37 weeks. If you suddenly start to experience a low, dull backache that's different from the aches and pains you usually feel simply lugging your baby belly around, it might be a sign of pre-term labor.
Here are the signs to report to your doctor:
- Contractions Many women experience a sort of "tester" contraction called Braxton-Hicks contractions. They come and go without increasing intensity and are a normal part of pregnancy. But if your contractions prior to 37 weeks get increasingly more painful or intense, occurring every 10 minutes or more often, it could be a sign of pre-term labor.
- Pelvic pressure. If you have a full feeling in your pelvis, as though the baby might fall out of your uterus, you may be experiencing pre-term labor.
- Cramps. If you have intestinal cramping that feels like gas (with or without diarrhea) or menstrual-like cramps across your pelvic bone, call your doctor.
- Vaginal discharge. If you have an increase in vaginal discharge that's either bloody or watery and sweet-smelling, you should contactor your doctor.
- Pregnancy backache. If it's a low, dull pain that doesn't get better when you change positions, it could be a sign of pre-term labor. Call your doctor.