What Is Preterm Labor?

Preterm labor is labor that begins before the end of 36 weeks of pregnancy. Babies born during this time might not be fully ready to live on their own (known as premature).

The following increase your risk for preterm labor:

Possible symptoms of premature labor:

If you have contractions, try the following:

Call your health care provider if:

From the "Birth Day News" series.


Clinical review by Jane Dimer, MD
Group Health
Reviewed 03/01/2014