WARNING SIGNS OF PRETERM LABOR POCKET CARD

(to be cut out and carried with you)

Women in preterm labor may exhibit specific signs. Call your doctor immediately if you exhibit any of the following:

  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting
  • Watery vaginal discharge that is clear, pink, or brown tinged (this could be amniotic fluid); a discharge that resembles mucus (this could be the mucus plug); or a mucus discharge tinged with dark brown or red
  • A change in the type or amount of vaginal discharge
  • Cramps that feel like menstrual cramps
  • Intestinal cramps and/or diarrhea
  • Contractions (five or more each hour for a period of more than one hour)
  • A regular low, dull backache that’s different from what you’ve experienced in pregnancy so far
  • A feeling that your baby is pressing down hard in your pelvis
  • Burning or pain when you urinate or more frequent urination (urinary tract infections can cause preterm contractions)