Your Pregnancy, Week 31

Staying healthy during pregnancy includes keeping an eye out for signs of problems. Luckily, most pregnancies are problem-free. But be alert for the signs of preterm labor.

Preterm labor is when contractions happen before you've finished your 37th week of pregnancy. They cause your opening to the womb (cervix) to get larger or dilate.  

Although preterm labor can often be stopped, there’s a chance that you could have your baby early. This can mean serious health problems for your child. 

So, be on the lookout for symptoms of preterm labor. These include contractions, especially more than four in one hour. They can also include menstrual cramps, pelvic pressure, backache, and upset stomach. Vaginal discharge of blood, mucus, or water can also signal preterm labor. If you have any of these symptoms, call your healthcare provider right away.  








Online Medical Reviewer: Bowers, Nancy, RN, BSN, MPHFoley, Maryann, RN, BSN

Date Last Reviewed: 5/1/2016

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