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im 36 weeks and 6 days pregnant. im having pain toward the top of my stomach, like right under my boobs and lower back pains. could i be in labor?

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replied September 7th, 2010
Third Trimester of Pregnancy Answer A15963
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

At 36+ weeks all abdominal and back pains should be reported to the obstetrician. Ok you can do a simple test and see. Walk around or change position and see if the contractions stop or slow down. If they do it is a false alarm. Also such false contractions are felt only in lower abdomen and pelvis and not in the back. Their force does not increase with time. Such contractions are also called Braxton Hick’s contractions.

If the pains do not fit the above criteria, please consult an obstetrician immediately. Hope this helps. Take care!

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