Recognizing the Signs of Premature Labor

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This article explains the signs and symptoms of premature labor as well as recommendations for what to do if you are concerned you may be experiencing it. Helpful information for those who are pregnant, supporting someone who is pregnant, or anyone who wants to learn more.

“A term pregnancy takes about 40 weeks to complete. Babies born before 37 weeks may have problems breathing, eating and keeping warm. Premature labor occurs between the 20th and 37th week of pregnancy, when uterine contractions cause the cervix, the mouth of the uterus or womb, to open earlier than normal. This can result in premature birth.”