Third Trimester

Q&A: What Are The Signs Of Preterm Labor?

What are the warning signs of preterm labor?

In general, it's important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of preterm labor as soon as they start, since your goal is to keep the baby (or babies!) in the womb, where they can continue to grow and gain strength until they are full term. Some of the signs to look out for if you think you're in pre-term labor include: vaginal discharge, loss of fluid or vaginal bleeding or spotting, pressure in the pelvis (or feeling like the baby is suddenly lower down), as well as tightening, contractions, or pain that is occurring regularly. While these are probably the most common symptoms, there can be others too. So if something doesn’t feel right (regardless of whether or not you can pinpoint it) you may want to contact your doctor just to be on the safe side. (There's definitely something to be said for that “sixth sense” moms are known to have about their babies!)

By Karen Moise, RN