– Dr. Lynn Jonhson, Neonatologist, Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital
Preterm labor is labor that occurs before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Preterm labor can occur in any pregnancy and it is very important for pregnant women to be aware of the signs and symptoms. It does not just occur in pregnancies with multiples; it can happen with singletons even if you have had a normal pregnancy in the past. There are many reasons that some pregnancies are higher risk for preterm labor, so please read and learn to be prepared.
We knew I was at a very high risk for pre-term labor since I was carrying twins. We had attended classes and read multiple books and websites on how to reduce the risks, yet it still happened to us. Please do not hesitate to call your doctor if you have even the smallest feeling that something is wrong, it is worth it to you and your baby(ies).
Listed below are some links that list the symptoms and risks involved with preterm labor. Please educate yourself and most of all, listen to your body. Common symptoms of preterm labor are listed below. Please keep in mind that you may only experience one or a few of these and they may seem minor, but still call your doctor.
Symptoms and risks include:
Common risks of preterm labor are listed below. The risks are very serious and can include: