How Long Does Premature Labour Last

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tasha - January 31

I was just wondering. I have been living in a world of paranoia ever since the beginning of this pregnancy. I have basically been suffering from menstrual like cramps since the beginning. At about 18 weeks I started spotting. That stopped at 20 weeks and I'm now about 23 weeks 2 days. For the last two weeks I have been getting cramping again, especially when the baby moves. Can someone please tell me, if I was in premature labour how would I know? How long do you cramp before premature labour starts or are the two not related? My doctor pretty much thinks that I'm crazy and that there is nothing to worry about. This is much easier said then done. I am having a really hard time with this.


Tess - January 31

I agree w/ Steph. Stay positve and enjoy your pregnancy. From what I know...if you are experiencing premature labor you would feel alot of cramping plus it feels like you need to push....If you weren't experiencing this symptoms then relax and look at the bright side. :)


Lyd - January 31

I agree, plus it is normal to have cramping, too. I had horrible cramps my 1st trimester and still get them at 25 weeks. It is the uterus growing.


Margo - January 31

I had premature labor during my 1st pregnancy. I was 22 weeks. Had no signs. But there are signs to look for. First major sign is if you have 4-5 contractions in an hour. Change in v____al discharge (leaking fluid or bleeding from your v____a) Pelvic pressure≈the feeling that your baby is pushing down Low, dull backache Cramps that feel like your period Abdominal cramps with or without diarrhea


rk - January 31

I had premature labor at 30 weeks and did not know. (I'm 34 wks now) I thought I was having gas pains. Then at night I had lower back pain & the cramping got worse. Turns out I was dehydrated & stayed in the hospital for 2 days. Make sure you drink a lot of water! Good luck!



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