Preterm Labor 

Preterm labor is defined as regular contractions of the uterus that results in changes to the cervix before 36 6/7 weeks of pregnancy.  There are warning signs that labor could be starting early.  Take time during your prenatal visit to discuss the possibility of preterm labor, warning signs and what steps you should take if you have any of the symptoms.

Listed below are some of the common symptoms of preterm labor.  If you experience any of these symptoms and are unsure what to do seek help from your care provider as soon as possible or go to your hospital for evaluation immediately. 

Instinct

Something is not right or not feeling well but without a specific cause

 

Cramps

Uterine or menstrual like cramps or contractions five or more in one hour

Movement

Baby's movement slows down or stops

Backache

Lower back dull, radiating pain from back to side

Headache

Severe headaches, dizziness or problems seeing

 

Stomach Pain

Intestinal pain, like gas pains which may or not be be accompanied by diarrhea

 

Fever

Chills or fever over 100 degrees F

 

 

Discharge

Vaginal Discharge may be pink or brown, muscous or watery 

 

 

Pressure

Pelvic pressure or heaviness in the lower abdomen, back or thighs