Signs and Symptoms of Preterm Labor

preterm-laborAll pregnant women look forward to meeting their baby, seeing who they look like and holding that precious kicking machine for the first time. Often by the last month or two of pregnancy, moms are feeling ready to not be pregnant anymore and live without the common discomforts of the third trimester. But sometimes, baby seems ready before mom is…

Preterm labor is labor before 37 weeks, that is, before your baby is ready to be born. Babies born too soon can have lifelong or life threatening health problems.

Signs and symptoms of preterm labor can be:

  •  Contractions every 10 minutes or more often
  • Change in vaginal discharge
  • Pelvic pressure
  • Low, dull backache
  • Cramps that feel like your period
  • Abdominal cramps with or without diarrhea

If you think you’re having preterm symptoms:

  • Call your OB or go to the hospital for a check up
  • Empty your bladder
  • Drink 2 large glasses of water
  • Rest on your left side

If your symptoms don’t go away or get worse after an hour call your doctor again, or go to the hospital for an evaluation. If your symptoms get better, you can rest for the day.

Don’t delay treatment. Preterm labor can sometimes be stopped. Or medications can be used to improve your baby’s health even if he does come early.

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