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When 'Labor Day' Comes Early

Premature Births

What to Watch For

Women should be on the lookout for:

  • Mild uterine contractions
  • Low back pain or pelvic heaviness
  • Increased pink or brown vaginal discharge or vaginal discharge with foul odor

"Realize that preterm labor is not painful," Bleyl says. "Most are watching for painful contractions, but if they are in a high-risk situation even minor contractions are big news and need to be checked out. Most often it can be stopped or helped if doctors intervene early enough.

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