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Symptoms of Preterm Labor and Delivery
- Contractions every 10 minutes or more
- Watery discharge from your vagina
- Light vaginal spotting or bleeding
- Pressure on your pelvis that feels as if your baby is pushing down
- Low, dull backache
- Menstrual-like cramps that come and go
- Abdominal cramps that may occur with diarrhea
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. ACOG practice bulletin no. 31: Assessment of risk factors for preterm birth. Obstet Gynecol. 2001 Oct;98(4):709-716.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. ACOG practice bulletin no. 127: Management of preterm labor. Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Jun;119(6):1308-1317.
Premature labor. American Pregnancy Association website. Available at: http://americanpregnancy.org/labornbirth/prematurelabor.html. Updated May 2007. Accessed October 9, 2012.
Preterm labor. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq087.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20121009T0455409103. Accessed October 9, 2012.
Preterm labor. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated June 13, 2012. Accessed October 9, 2012.
Preterm labor and birth. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development website. Available at: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/preterm/Pages/default.aspx. Accessed October 9, 2012.
Weismiller DG. Preterm labor. Am Fam Physician. 1999 Feb 1;59(3):593-602. Available at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0201/p593.html. Accessed October 9, 2012.
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm
- Review Date: 09/2012
- Update Date: 03/18/2013