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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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