often starts without obvious symptoms. But you may notice one or more symptoms,
- Menstrual-like cramps, with or without diarrhea.
- A feeling of pressure in your pelvis or lower belly.
- A persistent, dull ache in your lower back, pelvic area, lower
belly, or thighs.
- Changes in your vaginal discharge, which may increase in amount
or become pink or reddish.
- Regular contractions. This means about 4 or more in 20
minutes, or about 8 or more within 1 hour, even after you have had a glass of
water and are resting.
- Not feeling well. This may include:
- Having a fever that you can't explain.
- Feeling unusually tired.
- Feeling pain in your belly when you press on it.
It is sometimes hard to tell the difference between
Braxton Hicks contractions and preterm labor
You may have one or more of these symptoms and not
be in preterm labor. But if you are concerned, talk to your doctor or
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
William Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine
January 8, 2013
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