The Symptoms of Premature Labor

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Call your doctor immediately if you have any of the following:

Contractions

(the abdomen tightens like a fist) every 10 minutes or more often

Change in vaginal discharge

leaking fluid or bleeding

Pelvic pressure

the feeling that the baby is pushing down

backache

usually in your lower back

Cramps

that feel like a menstrual period

Abdominal cramps

with or without diarrhea

In most cases, premature labor begins unexpectedly. Understand the signs and symptoms of premature labor (printable version). Call your doctor right away if you think you are having any symptoms of labor. Having your baby before 37 weeks could be serious.

Your doctor can evaluate you to determine if you are in real labor. If you are, there are treatments that may help to slow labor and may help improve the health of your baby.

Knowledge is power

Birth is a complex and wonderful process. Fortunately, the outcome for most women is a full term, healthy baby. By understanding your risks of premature birth, you may be able to take early, proactive steps to help have a positive experience for you and your baby.