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.

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