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Understanding Labor and Delivery Complications - Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Preterm Labor and Birth?

The symptoms of preterm labor and birth include:

  • Contractions before 37 weeks of pregnancy, with a tightening and hardening of the uterine muscle, 10 minutes apart or less (these may be painless)
  • Cramps similar to menstrual cramps
  • Low backache
  • A feeling of pelvic pressure
  • Abdominal cramps, gas, or diarrhea
  • Vaginal spotting or bleeding
  • A change in quality or quantity of vaginal discharge, especially any gush or leak of fluid

Call Your Doctor If:

You notice or feel any of the above symptoms.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD on March 02, 2015

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