Preterm Labor Signs & Symptoms – Childbirth Education

Hi, I’m Wendy Nichols. I’m a registered nurse
and the childbirth instructor for Signature Medical Group. Today we’re gonna talk about pre-term labor:
signs and symptoms to report to your OB physician Pre-term labor is categorized as signs and symptoms of labor prior to your 37th week of pregnancy Babies born too soon can have serious health problems
at birth as well as in their future Any woman can have pre-term labor but if you’ve had pre-term labor in the past,
you have an increased risk of having it again Signs and symptoms of pre-term labor to report to your physician Regular or frequent contractions that would be a tightening up sensation – feeling like a tight fist in your belly if that happens 4 or more times an hour, you need to contact your OB provider Abdominal cramps: these cramps may be like menstrual cramps they may be with or without diarrhea Pelvic or lower abdominal pressure – it may feel like
the baby is trying to push down and out Low, dull backache A change or increase in your vaginal discharge it is normal to have white, creamy discharge during your pregnancy it would not be normal if you had pinky, watery discharge or large amounts of mucus coming out vaginally before 37 weeks of pregnancy Vaginal bleeding or a gush or tickle of fluid coming out from your vagina if you have any of these symptoms before 37 weeks of pregnancy you could be experiencing pre-term labor we want you to contact your OB provider

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