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Week 33 - Braxton-Hicks and Back Pain

You may begin to feel (if you haven't already) periodic Braxton-Hicks contractions over the next few weeks. These are absolutely normal but can be somewhat uncomfortable at times. Your body is literally practicing for labor, and they give you a little taste of what it will be like.

In addition to the contractions, you may also feel a variety of aches and pains on your lower ribs and pelvis. Pelvic pain is generally felt in the lower back and is caused more by your pelvis expanding in preparation for birth, than pressure from the baby. The rib pain is caused by pressure from your baby and uterus, probably feels like a dull ache, and can be felt all the way across the top of your abdomen. Ouch!

Learn More: Back Pain

Find out how your baby is developing this week: My Baby Week 33

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