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36 weeks pregnant, have shooting back and hip pains, braxton hicks, looser bowel movements. Cause?

I m 36 weeks and 3 days pregnant, I keep getting period pains and have been for the past 5 days, I have also been getting shooting pains in my back, from the middle right upto my neck , I have a lot of hip pain and believe I have been experiencing braxton hicks. The babies movements are still regular, but my bowel movements are now looser. And ideas what this may be?
Mon, 22 Oct 2012
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As you have entered the 37th week of your pregnancy, preparations have begun for labor. The hip pain is due to the loosening of joints to help in vaginal delivery. The shooting pains could be due to myalgias or some cervical priming. Increased bowel movement indicates prostaglandin release, a priming agent before labor. I advice you to have an examination from your doctor and get opinion as to when you are likely to deliver. Good luck.
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