Signs of pre-term labour

All women should be aware of the signs of pre-term labour. Even if you are not recognised as having a high risk pregnancy, you are still at risk, as many of the causes of pre-term birth are still unknown. If you experience any of the following symptoms, or feel that something is “not right”, seek medical advice.

Contractions
Contractions that are painful or regular may be a sign of pre-term labour.

Ruptured Membranes
This could mean a gush of fluid or may just be a trickle of watery fluid. This could indicate that your water has broken.

Cramps
Menstual-like cramps could indicate labour.

Back Pain
Pain in the lower back

Pressure
A feeling of the baby pushing down, pelvic pressure.

Vaginal Discharge
Leaking fluid, blood or a “show” of mucus from the vagina may indicate pre-term labour.

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The material provided here is for informational purposes only and should not replace, or be used as a substitute for, professional medical advice


 

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