Premature labor

Premature labor, commonly referred to as preterm labor, is labor that consists of contractions that cause the cervix to dilate and efface before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy.

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Premature labor can lead to premature birth. Premature babies may face serious health risks.

If you think you might be having premature labor, contact your health care provider.



  • Contractions every 10 minutes or more often
  • Leaking fluid or bleeding from the vagina
  • Feeling of pressure in the pelvis
  • Low, dull backache
  • Cramps that feel like menstrual cramps
  • Abdominal cramps with or without diarrhea

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