Signs of Perterm Labor

After 15-16 weeks gestation, anything you feel between your chest and your knees that lasts more than 30 seconds, but less than 2 minutes is a contraction. The symptoms have been reported as:

  • The baby "balling up"
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Pelvic Pressure
  • Any sensation in your lower abdomen, back or upper thighs that meet the criteria above

If you have 4 or more contractions in an hour, drink several 8oz.glasses of water and lay down on your left side. If the sensation goes away within 30 minutes, remain on your left side for another 30 minutes if you have no more: contractions you may resume your normal activities.

Having a few contractions a day is normal, but if they seem to be occurring more frequently or are very strong and lasting more than 30 seconds, time them for an hour, then call the office if there is a pattern to the contractions.

If the sensation does not go away in 30 minutes contact the doctor. If you are ever unsure of what to do, call the office.