Karen Schroeder Kassel, MS, RD, MEd
Symptoms of preterm labor can occur anytime before your 37th week of pregnancy. Preterm labor contractions may or may not feel different from normal labor contractions. In many cases, it is hard to tell the difference between preterm contractions and normal aches or baby movements. Talk with your doctor about the signs of preterm labor.
The signs and symptoms of preterm labor include:
Call your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms or any unusual sensations.
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Last reviewed March 2015 by Andrea Chisholm, MD
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