Preterm Labor - Symptoms
often starts without obvious symptoms. But you may notice one or more symptoms,
- Menstrual-like cramps, with or without diarrhea.
- A feeling of pressure in your pelvis or lower abdomen.
- A persistent, dull ache in your lower back, pelvic area, lower
abdomen, or thighs.
- Changes in your vaginal discharge, which may increase in amount
or become pink or reddish.
- Regular contractions of your
uterus for an hour. This means about 4 or more in 20
minutes, or about 8 or more within 1 hour, even after you have had a glass of
water and are resting.
- Not feeling well, including:
It is sometimes hard to tell the difference between
Braxton Hicks contractions and preterm labor
You may have one or more of these symptoms and not
be in preterm labor. But if you are concerned, notify your doctor or
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 14, 2009
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