Pre-Term Labor

Pre-term labor is when labor starts with regular contractions and the cervix thins out (effaces) and opens up (dilates) before 32 weeks. Some warning signs are:

• Change in vaginal discharge (watery, bloody or mucus)
• Increase in discharge
• Pelvic or lower abdominal pressure
• Constant, dull, lower backache
• Mild cramps during pregnancy with or without diarrhea
• Regular or frequent contractions or uterine tightening - often painless
• Ruptured membranes (your water breaks)

It’s unknown for certain what causes pre-term labor. If you have any of these symptoms, you should contact your OBGYN as soon as possible.

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