When you’re pregnant, especially for the first time, it can be a confusing state of being. From the very beginning, your body is going through monumental changes in order to prepare for a growing baby. While some changes can be fun (hello long, shiny hair!), others can be a bit more alarming.
As you get further along in your pregnancy, it can also be difficult to tell if you’re having “regular aches and pains” or showing symptoms of a more serious situation, such as preterm labor. If you’re concerned, or you have a feeling that something “just isn’t right”, be sure to call your doctor immediately. And definitely call your doctor if you’re showing any of these 7 signs of preterm labor.
7 Signs of Preterm Labor You Shouldn’t Ignore
Preterm labor occurs when regular contractions result in the opening of your cervix after week 20 and before week 37 of pregnancy.
The specific cause of preterm labor often isn’t clear. Certain factors might increase your risk, but preterm labor can also occur in pregnant women with no known risk factors. With that said, here are the signs of preterm labor you should be aware of:
- Regular or frequent sensations of abdominal tightening (contractions)
- Constant, dull, low backache
- A sensation of pelvic or lower abdominal pressure
- Mild abdominal cramps
- Vaginal spotting or light bleeding
- Preterm rupture of membranes — in a gush or a continuous trickle of fluid after the membrane around the baby breaks or tears
- A change in type of vaginal discharge — watery, mucus-like or bloody
If you experience any of these symptoms or you’re concerned about what you’re feeling, contact your doctor right away. Don’t worry about mistaking false labor for the real thing.
Remember, no question is a “stupid question” when you’re pregnant.
Your nurses and OB/Gyn are there to ensure you and your baby are as healthy as possible throughout your pregnancy. And because of that, Copperstate OBGYN has a nurse triage line that you can call with any questions or concerns you might have. It’s always safer to ask than to be sorry you didn’t!
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