A normal pregnancy is expected to last roughly 40 weeks. The term preterm labor is used to describe women who go into labor before 37 weeks.
We often diagnose preterm labor when cervical dilation of >3 cm occurs with uterine contractions from 20+0 to 36+6 weeks. If you’re experiencing preterm labor signs, reach out to us. We offer experienced and qualified OB and GYN providers to ensure you receive the best possible care and treatment.
At Roswell OB/GYN, we want to ensure that both you and your baby are safe. As a result, we provide the most appropriate care and tests required to treat premature labor.
Signs Of Premature Labor
If you are experiencing intermittent pain or discomfort that goes away only once you’ve laid down, it’s most likely not preterm labor. If you experience one or more of the following, you might be experiencing premature labor symptoms:
- Uterine contractions increasing in pain, intensity, or frequency for more than five or six hours
- Cramps similar to your menstrual flow
- Ache in your back below your waistline
- Pelvic pressure feeling like your baby is pushing down
- Increased, watery or mucousy vaginal discharge
- Abdominal cramps without or with diarrhea
If you have a bloody discharge, call us immediately for medical attention.
Come in. Talk to us. If you have problems, we will focus our expertise and technology on solving them.
Diagnosing And Treating Preterm Labor
- Cause of your preterm labor
- Medical issues with you or your baby
- How far your pregnancy has progressed
Risk Factors Of Preterm Labor
If you have one or more of the following, you might be at risk of preterm labor:
- History of preterm delivery
- Underweight with a poor diet
- Multiple gestations
- Issues with either the cervix or uterus
- Having surgery while pregnant
- Using illegal drugs
- An infection in a part of your body such as your kidneys or uterus
Inform your physician if you have any of the risk factors above so you can get the appropriate care to avoid preterm labor.
When To Call Your Doctor
If you experience any of the following, call your doctor immediately.
- You experience more than six contractions, 10 minutes apart within one hour
- Broken water or fluid leakage
- Vaginal bleeding
Preterm Labor Specialists
At Roswell OB/GYN, we offer risk-free and affordable treatment plans in Alpharetta, GA. Our treatment analysis is cost-effective and customized for your specific needs to help ensure your preterm labor period is safe. We specialize in obstetrics and commit to providing women with preterm labor the care and treatment they need.
We place the health and well-being of our patients first. We work with the best high-risk pregnancy specialists in Alpharetta, GA, in the event you need a referral. We work hard to provide you and your baby with the best possible outcome.
Call us today if you are at high risk of preterm labor or believe you are experiencing preterm labor signs.
Warning Signs Of Premature Labor
INTERMITTENT DISCOMFORT OR PAIN THAT RESOLVES WITH REST IS RARELY PRETERM LABOR.
PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO SYMPTOMS WORSENING OVER SEVERAL HOURS (SEE SYMPTOMS LISTED BELOW).
- Uterine contractions (IF MORE THAN 5-6/HR), especially if worsening in frequency or intensity of pain.
- Menstrual-like cramps.
- Low dull backache felt below the waistline.
- Pelvic pressure feels like the baby is pushing down like labor.
- Abdominal cramping with or without diarrhea.
- Vaginal discharge may suddenly increase in amount, become mucousy or watery.
- Call right away for a bloody discharge for medical attention.