Symptoms of preterm labor are warning signs. They don't necessarily mean that you'll have a preterm birth.
- Drink 2 or 3 glasses of water or juice. Not having enough liquids can cause contractions.
- Stop what you are doing, and empty your bladder. Then lie down on your left side for at least 1 hour.
- If your contractions get worse during the hour, call your doctor or nurse-midwife, or go to the hospital.
- Try to remember what you were doing when the symptoms started so that you can avoid starting the contractions again later.
Although stress isn't thought to be a direct cause of preterm labor, do what you can to reduce stress in your life. Try to do less, ask for help, and eat well.