(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)