For those affected
A premature baby is one born 'too soon', usually before 37 weeks pregnant. Generally, the earlier the birth is, the higher the risk for the mother and child. Each premature baby is different, and each have their own problems. Extreme preterm birth occurs before week 26 and puts babies born at this stage at the highest risk. Babies born at 37 weeks or after are generally known as having reached 'term'.
Signs of Premature Labour
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms before 37 weeks of pregnancy you may be at risk of preterm birth, so please phone your local hospital or midwife straight away.
a sudden breaking of waters - this could be a slow trickle or a sudden gush of clear or pinkish fluid
contractions that may present as backache or strong cramps
a frequent need to urinate nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
a feeling of pressure in the pelvis
If you are concerned about preterm birth and would like to know more please go to the NHS information here.
If you have been affected by preterm birth, you can find information and support networks on the NCT website here.
We hope these links are helpful, but if you have any specific questions and would like to speak to us, please get in touch and we would be more than happy to help.