Early signs and symptoms of labor are subtle and many times are missed. Listed below are many of the sings ans symptoms women in pre-term labor have described and what you should do if you experience any of these symptoms. Any new or unusual feelings or symptoms should always be reported.

EARLY SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  • Uterine contractions: these may be painless, feel like menstrual cramps or a very mild tightening of the tummy
  • Backache
  • Pelvic pressure
  • A sudden change in your vaginal discharge such as an increase in amount, blood tinged or pinkish or foul smelling

WHAT TO DO

  • Go to the bathroom and empty your bladder
  • Check to make sure you have not missed a dose of any pre-term labor medication you might be taking
  • Drink a large glass of water or juice
  • Rest on your LEFT side, lying down

CALL THE OFFICE IMMEDIATELY

  • If you have:
  • Sharp, continuous stomach pains
  • Bright red vaginal bleeding – larger than the size of a quarter
  • Any large gush of vaginal fluid, this could be your bag of water. We always want to see you right away if you suspect your bag of water (membrane) have ruptured