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. 


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



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


Baby's movement slows down or stops


Lower back dull, radiating pain from back to side


Severe headaches, dizziness or problems seeing


Stomach Pain

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



Chills or fever over 100 degrees F




Vaginal Discharge may be pink or brown, muscous or watery 




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