Am I in the First Stages of Labor?

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am 38 weeks pregnant and my lower back is killing me. Could this be my first stage of labor? It started at around 5 p.m. on Saturday and is still going, nothing makes it let up. What should I do

ANSWER

I think you have figured it out just right! The baby's head is probably descending. If you have not already delivered (I'm not getting this message until Tuesday), I would suggest spending as much time as possible on your hands and knees, doing pelvic tilts, sitting on a birth ball, and avoiding anything like a bucket seat or recliner that puts your bottom lower than your knees. Climbing stairs with your legs as far apart as possible can help, and doing lunges can, too. Even just letting all your abdominal muscles go so that you stop holding your tummy in can help a little. Good luck, and I hope your baby comes soon, if it hasn't already.

-- Cynthia, CNM