Recognizing Preterm Labor

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am 27 weeks pregnant, and am concerned because the baby feels extremely low in my pelvis. There is more pressure on my bladder than normal.

I've been having false contractions on and off for the last week. Is this a sign of the baby being born pre-mature?

ANSWER

It sounds like this is not your first baby, since you seem to know what "normal" is. Especially if this is your second baby, you will notice a big difference in how you carry the baby, how soon you feel Braxton-Hicks contractions, and the pressure on your bladder. The first baby stretched everything out!

On the other hand, if you have any bleeding or leaking or you have more than four painful contractions in an hour, of course you should notify your provider.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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