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Late-Stage Pregnancy Aches


I am 36 weeks pregnant with my fourth child. At my last appointment, I was not dilated, but my doctor mentioned that the baby was further down than he would like. I have had awful pressure in my back, rectum, and groin. It has gotten to the point where it hurts to move from one position to another. I've tried putting a pillow under my hips, but it just made another part of my back hurt. Do you have any suggestions?


I recommend taking it easy as much as possible, although that may be difficult with three other children at home. We consider you to be at "term" at 37 weeks, so if you were to deliver prematurely, the baby would most likely do well. The symptoms you describe are common in women who are pregnant with a fourth child because of stretching of ligaments from the previous pregnancies.

Since there is no dilation, there is no sign of imminent delivery at this time. It might be good for you to have a friend or relative come in to help you with the children until you deliver. A heating pad on your back for 10 minutes or so every hour may give you some relief from the back pain.

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