Learning the Signs of Preterm Labor
Call your doctor or go to the hospital right away if you experience even one of these symptoms:
* Contractions that make your belly tighten up like a fist every 10 minutes or more frequently
* Change in the color of your vaginal discharge or bleeding from your vagina
* The feeling that your baby is pushing down
* Low, dull back pain
* Cramps, with or without diarrhea
Your doctor may tell you to:
* Come to the office or go to the hospital for a checkup
* Rest on your left side for one hour
* Drink two to three glasses of water or juice (not coffee or soda)
If your symptoms get worse or don't go away after one hour, call your doctor again or go to the hospital.
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