One of the concerns of expectant moms as they enter their third trimester is premature labor. Every pregnant woman gets anxious times thinking of her due date, labor pain, and delivery. It is always good to have an idea that your due date is approaching. Though most women go into labor around the 36th week, some of them may undergo labor much earlier.
To prepare for any eventuality, it will be worthwhile to know and understand the signs of premature labor. These signs and symptoms occur naturally and you will experience specific changes in your body. By this time around you can prepare yourself for labor and delivery which is a mixed experience of pain and pleasure.
To better understand the telling signs of premature labor, it will be worthwhile to first know the signs of normal labor. Contraction is an early sign of labor. In normal labor, you feel the contractions starting from your lower back and moving toward the abdomen. The contractions are actually experience come in a series of spells. They come and go. When the contractions become constant or longer, it is time you consult your physician. Another sign of normal labor is fluid leak though this may not be experienced by some women.
Now, let’s briefly discuss about signs premature of labor. If you experience the contractions directly in your abdomen then it is a sign that something is wrong. The tightening feeling should first begin at your lower back before it moves to the abdomen area. Again if you feel that the contraction is constant rather than in spells, then you must consult your doctor.
Premature labor is also in the offing if you suffer from cramps in your lower abdomen. The cramping may be painful and constant. Dull and uncharacterized pain in the lower back is again another worrying sign. The pain may come and go or it may be constant.
It is important to know that the above signs may also be experienced during normal labor. As such, there is no reason to panic. However, if you experience these signs much earlier than the 36th week of pregnancy, then it warranties an appointment with your doctor.