Call 911 if:
1. Look for Signs of Labor
Signs that labor has begun include:
- Contractions that come at regular intervals, increase in frequency, do not stop when the woman changes position or relaxes, and may cause pelvic pressure and discomfort or dull ache in the back or lower abdomen
- A sudden gush or a steady trickle of fluid when the amniotic membrane ruptures ("water breaks")
- Pink or slightly bloody mucus discharged into the vagina
- The fetus lowers into the pelvis, which may cause more frequent urination
2. When to Call a Healthcare Provider
Call the healthcare provider right away if:
- In first pregnancy, contractions are very uncomfortable and coming every 5 minutes for 1 hour. This timing, however, may vary. Ask your health care provider what they recommend.
- In subsequent pregnancies, contractions are coming every 7 to 10 minutes for an hour. This timing, however, may vary. Ask your healthcare provider what they recommend.
- The woman's "water breaks," even without contractions. They should avoid baths, douching, tampons, or sexual intercourse.
- The woman has vaginal bleeding (more than spotting).