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Warning Signs of Pre-Term Labor

It can sometimes be difficult to tell if you are experiencing preterm labor because many of the signs of preterm labor are similar to the normal things that happen in the second half of pregnancy.

The important signs to watch for, especially if they are new or different from before, are:

  • a sudden gush or constant slow leak of fluid from the vagina
  • bleeding from the vagina
  • contractions of the uterus - with OR without pain
  • menstrual-type cramps
  • dull or constant lower backache
  • a feeling of pelvic pressure
  • an increase or change in the discharge from the vagina

What to do if you have symptoms of preterm labor:

  • drink 2 to 3 glasses of water or juice
  • lie down on your left side for 1 hour
  • if your symptoms get worse or don't go away after 1 hour, call you doctor or midwife or go to the hospital
  • if your symptoms go away after 1 hour, continue to rest for the remainder of the day
  • if your symptoms come back later, call your doctor or midwife or go to the hospital

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