Are Pains In The Inner Thighs At 39 Weeks Pre Labor Pains?


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The pains that are sometimes experienced in the inner thighs towards the end of a pregnancy are pre-labor pains.

The changes that a woman's body goes through, especially in the uterus, cervix and vagina, can refer pain to the thighs, hips, back, stomach and the rectum. This is quite common and is often caused by the positioning of the baby. The baby can press on vital nerves towards the end of pregnancy because of its size.

It is quite common for the baby to press on the sciatic nerve, and this can cause pains in the lower back, buttocks and the leg. The pain can be severe, and there may also be numbness, pins and needles and difficulty in moving the legs. The body needs preparing for labor and sometimes these pains can be as a result of false labor.

Pre-labor occurs in every pregnant woman when she is coming to the end of her term, although not all women have the symptoms. The body goes through a number of physical changes at this stage including an increase in blood volume, the presence of colostrum in the breasts and the dislodging of the mucous plug that seals the cervix during pregnancy. Colostrum is a form of milk that is produced by the mammary glands towards the end of a pregnancy.

Braxton Hicks contractions can also occur near to the end of a pregnancy, and these are false contractions that are irregular, infrequent and produce mild cramping pains. They are a tightening of the uterine muscles, and this is also a way of the body preparing itself for the birth of a child. These false contractions can be alleviated by good hydration of the body, breathing properly and lying on the left side of the body. Braxton Hicks can also be affected by the fullness of the bladder at a particular time.
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Beside typical signs of pregnancy like lightening, softening of cervix, nesting behavior, rupturing of amniotic sac etc, every lady has her own signs of labor which might not be present in other ladies. As you are 39 weeks pregnant, your thigh pain might be individual sign for start of labor.  But this can also be due to other reasons. It will be good to wait for typical symptoms of labor or visit to doctor to know the dilation of cervix.   

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