Health Tip: Recognizing Premature Labor

August 22, 2005-- Posted at 3:00 PM CDT

(HealthDayNews) -- Many pregnant women fear going into labor prematurely, which is three or more weeks before the due date.

The Community Hospital in Nebraska mentions these warning signs:

  • Contractions every 10 minutes or less.
  • Clear, pink, or brownish fluid leaking from the vagina.
  • The feeling that the fetus is pushing down.
  • Low, dull backache.
  • Cramps that feel like your period, with or without diarrhea.

If you think you may be experiencing preterm labor, even if you have only one sign, call your doctor immediately.

 -- Felicity Stone

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