What are the signs and symptoms of preterm birth?
The most common signs of preterm birth include the presence of regular uterine contractions. Some women describe these symptoms as severe menstrual-type cramps that occur in the lower part of the abdomen. Alternatively, intermittent tightening in the abdomen in a band-like fashion that begins in the lower back and radiates around to the anterior portion of the lower abdomen, has also been described. Other symptoms include vaginal pressure, change in vaginal discharge, and vaginal bleeding or loss of fluid. It’s not uncommon for women to experience preterm contractions beginning as early as 23-24 weeks gestation. However, when these contractions occur in a regular fashion (less than every 10 minutes) or occur in a frequency more than six contractions per hour, they should be evaluated, as frequently some intervention will be necessary. If you have had a previous history of preterm birth and you are experiencing regular uterine contractions, pelvic pressure, change in your vaginal discha