What are Symptoms and Treatment of Premature Contractions in Pregnancy? A normal pregnancy last about 40 weeks, but sometimes labor may begin earlier, before 37th week of pregnancy. This happens because uterine contractions cause the cervix to open up earlier than normal. In such the case the baby is born premature and may be at health risks. However, by knowing the symptoms of and by avoiding some of the risk factors, such a condition may be avoided. A contraction is when the muscles of your uterus contract and as a result your abdomen hardens, as the contraction goes away your uterus becomes soft. Warning signs and symptoms of premature contractions:
- More than 5 uterine contractions in an hour.
- Watery fluid leaking from your vagina.
- Menstrual-like cramps in the lower abdomen.
- Backache felt below the waistline that may come and go or be constant.
- Pelvic pressure that feels like your baby is pushing down.
- Abdominal cramps may occur with or without diarrhea.
- Increase or change in vaginal discharge