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I'm 36 weeks pregnant, and after I was on my feet for a while a few days ago, my body hasn't been the same after that. My legs hurt constantly, and me moving around in general is a problem because my back hurts as well. I've also been having slight cramping since that day, and it happens a few times in a day, even when I'm sitting down. Is this normal, or should I be concerned that something isn't right?

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replied February 16th, 2011
Third Trimester of Pregnancy Answer A19683
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The back pain precipitated after prolonged standing could be due to the strain on the uterosacral ligaments that support the growing uterus and are attached to the sacrum. The cramps on and off could be the Braxton Hick’s contractions signifying uterine activity that is precipitated due to stretch effect of the growing uterus.
Consider visiting your gynecologist for a thorough examination to confirm uterine activity. If the contractions are strong, it can lead to early labor pains. Delivery anytime after completion of 37 weeks is considered fine and baby born is matured. If chances of delivery are before that, then you will need to be given injections to speed up lung maturity in the baby. Please do not delay in visiting your treating obstetrician.
Take care.

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