What Are the Symptoms of Preterm Labor and Birth?

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What Are the Symptoms of Preterm Labor and Birth?

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The symptoms of preterm labor and birth include: • Contractions (tightening and hardening of the uterus), 10 minutes apart or less (may be painless). • Low cramps, similar to menstrual cramps. • Low backache. • A feeling of pelvic pressure. • Abdominal cramps, gas or diarrhea. • Vaginal spotting or bleeding • A change in quality or quantity of vaginal discharge, especially any gush or leak of fluid. Call You Doctor If: If you notice or feel any of the above symptoms, call your doctor. Medically reviewed by Tracy Shuman, MD, August 2005. SOURCES: Pregnancy Info Net.

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