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lower back pain and period pain at 38 weeks?

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Im 38 weeks pregnant, ive been having alot of lower back pain and period pain, ive just been to the toilet and i had a pinky tinge, any ideas of this is any sign of labour and if so how long it could take for the baby to come, last time i went to the midwifes baby was 1/5 engaged and i was measuring 2 weeks infront if this is of any relevance?
thanks Gemma

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replied September 15th, 2011
Third Trimester of Pregnancy Answer A26865
Hello Gemma,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
The pinkish discharge could have been the 'show' or the cervical mucus plug discharge (if accompanied with increasing intensity of back pain and abdominal cramps/tightening). Do not delay your visit to your doctor/midwife for thorough evaluation. Avoid straining and any activities that raises abdominal pressure. Go ahead with an ultrasound scan or NST test to look for fetal wellbeing. Be in regular follow-up and monitoring of your treating doctor/midwife and report development of any new/abnormal/unusual symptoms immediately.
Take care.

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