Signs of Preterm Labour
All women should be aware of the signs of pre-term labour. Even if you are not recognised as having a high risk pregnancy, you are still at risk, as many of the causes of pre-term birth are still unknown. If you experience any of the following symptoms, or feel that something is “not right”, seek medical advice.
Contractions that are painful or regular may be a sign of pre-term labour.
This could mean a gush of fluid or may just be a trickle of watery fluid. This could indicate that your water has broken.
Menstual-like cramps could indicate labour.
Pain in the lower back
A feeling of the baby pushing down, pelvic pressure.
If you are leaking fluid, blood or a “show” of mucus from the vagina this may indicate premature labour.
(Reproduced with permission from the National Premmie Foundation)