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Lower back cramps vs back labor

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02/11/15

Back labor refers to the intense lower back pain that many women feel during contractions when they're giving birth. Some women even feel it between contractions.

This pain is usually attributed to the pressure of your baby's head against your lower back, but other factors may be at work, too. One unproven but interesting theory is that the pain is "referred" to your lower back from your uterus.

That idea is supported by the fact that some women complain of low back pain when they have menstrual cramps – which clearly can't be blamed on a baby! One study found that women who had back pain during their periods were more likely to have back pain during labor

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