Am I in early labour?

In many cases the symptoms of early labour turn out to be something else, so you may not be in labour.

If you go into labour earlier than you had expected, you'll have to think on your feet. However, fewer than 20 percent of cases of suspected premature labour actually result in the baby being born. In the remaining 80 percent, the symptoms turn out to be something else, or the contractions simply stop of their own accord and the baby is delivered later in the pregnancy, or at term.

If you're in any doubt, phone the hospital or midwife straight away for advice. If you are less than 37 weeks pregnant they will usually tell you to go straight to hospital, and they may send an ambulance for you.

What are the signs of premature labour?

If you have any of the following symptoms, phone the hospital or midwife straight away, as you could be in labour:

Don't delay if you have strong pain, a smelly discharge or bleeding from your vagina, or if you are feeling feverish, sick or have a temperature, call immediately as you may need urgent medical attention.

What happens when you are showing signs of labour?

You may have some of the symptoms but not others. For example, your waters may have broken but with no contractions, or vice versa. Contractions don't always indicate that you're in labour, so the healthcare team will carry out checks to find out.

Many women experience Braxton Hicks, sometimes known as practice contractions. These can become quite strong and painful during the third trimester, and it's easy to mistake them for the real thing.

The healthcare team will check

  • whether you are actually in labour
  • if labour hasn't started, whether your symptoms are due to some other cause that needs treating
  • if you are definitely in labour, whether this has been caused by something (such as an infection) that needs treating, and how far the labour is progressing, so they can line up the facilities you need, either to delay the birth or to deliver the baby.

If your waters have broken early (Preterm premature rupture of the membranes - PPROM)

It is possible for your waters to break without any contractions. Where this happens early, it is known as preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM).

How will I know if my waters have broken?

You will notice either a gush or a slow trickle of watery fluid, which is often pinkish or clear in colour.

The healthcare team will examine you. If you are not having contractions, and if you and the baby are otherwise healthy, they may treat you with antibiotics to prevent infection and help you continue the pregnancy for as long as possible.

You may also have the following tests:

  • Blood tests. These check for high levels of white blood cells (which can indicate that you're fighting off an infection) and haemoglobin levels (which could indicate haemorrhage), along with other tests for inflammation.
  • Urine samples. These enable the healthcare team to check for urinary tract infections and conditions such as pre-eclampsia.
  • Your baby's heart rate. This will be monitored regularly. If it is unusually fast, this may be a sign of chorioamnionitis, which can be life-threatening to you and the baby. In this case, your baby may need to be delivered as soon as possible, often by caesarean.

If your waters haven't broken

The healthcare team will examine you to see if they can feel the contractions. This will include an internal examination to check whether the cervix is changing. If they think you are having contractions, you may then have a fetal fibronectin test to see if your body is preparing to give birth and an ultrasound scan to check the length and shape of your cervix. Fibronectin is a substance found in the amniotic fluid and vaginal secretions. It is only present in the vaginas of women up to 20 weeks or over 35 weeks pregnant, or whose bodies are getting ready to give birth.

These can be good predictors that labour is imminent. The team will probably also do some blood and urine tests. If you have symptoms of infection, or are considered high risk, they may also take swabs for infections such as bacterial vaginosis and group B streptococcus.

Tests for your baby

As well as carrying out various tests on you, the healthcare team will need to assess how your baby is doing. They will check his heartbeat and may also:

  • run a scan to check his weight
  • carry out electronic fetal monitoting to check his heart rate
  • perform a scan to check that the placenta is functioning normally.

In labour or not... what happens next

Even if it is a false alarm, the team may want to keep you in hospital to monitor you and your baby.

If you are in labour and less than 35 weeks pregnant, they may try to stop the contractions, or to slow down the birth enough to give you injections of steroids to help your baby breathe when he is born. Find out more here about what happens if you are definitely in labour.

If you are 35 weeks or over, the team will usually let the birth go ahead.

Removing a stitch (cerclage) if you have one

If you have had a cervical stitch (cerclage), you will need to have it removed before your baby is born, as there is a risk of it tearing if it is still in place while you are having contractions. If you don't go into labour early, the stitches will usually be removed at between 36 and 40 weeks.

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Sources

  1. BAPM (2008) Management of acute in-utero transfers: a framework for practice. London, British Association of Perinatal Medicine
  2. Giraldo-Isaza MA BV (2011) Cervical cerclage and preterm PPROM, Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol 54, No 2, p313-20
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  • By Georgina (not verified) on 20 Mar 2018 - 17:25

    I am 29+3 and I was admitted last week with bleeding and tightening. I have been discharged and only get irregular Braxton hicks now but keep passing pieces of greenish/pink mucus the size of 5p about 2 a day for 5 days. The hospital didnt seem concerned as there was no fresh blood. Am I just being overly paranoid??

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Mar 2018 - 12:18

    Hi Georgina,
    Your not being paranoid, it is important to notice any new symptoms and ask someone about them if in any doubt. If you are sure that it is mucus and not your waters then this is more reassuring. The pink mucus maybe just the end of the bleeding that you experienced when you went into hospital, and it does not sound like you are needing to wear a pad. You do not mention any pain or any concerns about baby's movements, if this is the case then again this is reassuring. Do you have an appointment booked to follow up? If you are not due to see someone soon then do ring the day assessment unit at the hospital and ask to be review if you are worried or things are on going. If there is an increase in loss or you get any pain or concerns about baby's movements then do go in straight away.
    Best wishes, Tommy's midwives.

  • By Kamo (not verified) on 15 Mar 2018 - 15:59

    My girlfriend friend is pregnant and she feel something like urine and back pain

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Mar 2018 - 16:50

    Hi,
    If she is having on going back pain and pain when she passes urine then she may have a urine infection which is very common in pregnancy, she needs to see her midwife or GP for a review. Best wishes, Tommy's midwives.

  • By Tawanna (not verified) on 15 Mar 2018 - 03:14

    Hi I am 32 weeks and been having so much pain when I walk and pressure and lots of BH pain off and on he pain is so bad I can barely move or turn over in bed it's all in my back area....

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Mar 2018 - 15:36

    Hi, I am sorry to hear that you are in so much pain at the moment. I would strongly advise that you speak with your midwife so you can be reviewed and also discuss a possible referral to a physio for further support. If you have any concerns about your baby's movements or have any bleeding then do contact the maternity unit straight away. Best wishes, Tommy's midwives.

  • By marya (not verified) on 13 Mar 2018 - 13:05

    I hav being bleeding for 2wks now but btn those day there are few days I skipped bleeding I went to check up I dd an ultrasound and they found ma baby is fine but they say I need bedrest coz ma cervix was funneling 2mm.I did urinary test they found mi with uti they gave mi antibiotics for it n the pills of stopping blood it stopped but after few day I started seeing spotting of blood again.what cud b the problem

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Mar 2018 - 15:33

    Hi, I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing a difficult time in this pregnancy. It sounds like you are at risk of going into premature labour, this maybe trigger by your urine infection or something else, it is difficult to know. You should be being closely monitored by the team at your hospital with regular scans. If the bleeding has returned and you have not already, this it important that you speak with your midwife or doctor to be reviewed at the hospital. Also do monitor your baby's movements carefully, and again, any concerns contact your maternity unit right away. Best wishes, Tommy's midwives.

  • By SARAH (not verified) on 9 Mar 2018 - 20:25

    hi im 35 weeks pregnant ive been having its been 3weeks having back pains,menstrual pain like pains and the bones on my vagina so painful making it difficult to walk.this week ive been having strong pains tht comes n go on my lower abdomenal which make me difficult to walk

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Mar 2018 - 09:36

    Hi, Sorry to hear that you are in discomfort. I know that lots of our readers will sympathise as the last few weeks of pregnancy can be very difficult for some women. Firstly I would speak to your midwife to rule out contraction pains. Abdominal pain that comes and goes should be assessed at 35 weeks. If this is not the cause, you may find some relief by seeing a physiotherapist or starting yoga or Pilates. I hope this helps, remember there is not long to go now. Best wishes

  • By Anon (not verified) on 8 Mar 2018 - 12:57

    31+1 wks for last 2-3 days have been having spasms/aching around hip joints and lower groin (have been diagnosed with spd recently and am receiving physio.. but this feels different woke up this morning and was hit by a spasm which made me sick. Having strange discharge bit like thrust clumps but mixed in with watery fluids.. no blood. 1st pregnancy to get this far. But Jr moving like crazy . (have lost 2 in past 2 years )

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Mar 2018 - 11:07

    Hi , I don't recognise your description - thrust clumps. If it is possible that your waters have broken, you should be assessed as soon as possible. Or you could try calling us on 0800 0147 800 to speak to a midwife, Monday to Friday 9-5pm.

  • By Joanna (not verified) on 8 Mar 2018 - 03:30

    Hi I'm 35+2 with my 8th baby, 4th C's. I've been extremely tired, irritated, high anxiety. Been having tightening since last night. Not very painful but have to breath through. Pain in scar area, and feels as if baby is sitting on my pelvic bone.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Mar 2018 - 10:48

    Hi Joanne, I have to advise that you go to get checked out. Any abdominal pain at this stage of pregnancy should be assessed. Even though you may know the signs of labour, with each pregnancy your risk increases and it would be better to plan your C/S than to go in as an emergency. Hope this helps, Best wishes

  • By sunny (not verified) on 4 Mar 2018 - 21:38

    hi i have been getting dull pains in my lower back and lots of pressure at the front. braxton hicks every 20 mins and baby is more active any advice plz xx

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Mar 2018 - 15:53

    Hi Sunny, if you are having regular pains and feeling a lot of pressure then I would advise you to call your maternity unit to be reviewed. It is great that your baby is active, but if your baby has had a sudden increase in movements then again call your maternity unit to be reviewed. Best wishes, Tommy's midwives.

  • By Rachael (not verified) on 21 Feb 2018 - 20:50

    Hi, this is my 6th baby, 3rd 4th and 5th baby were born at 3, 4 and 5+ weeks early, had my youngest who is now 1 she was 5 and a half weeks early I also had strep b with her and although I've not been tested for that I have the yellow alert sticker on my notes to say that I'll need antibiotics once in labour as my last pregnancy was 2016, I'm not sure if I'm in slow labour or just showing signs as I may go into labour soon ? Constant tightenings last couple days really horrible period like pain, the pressure in the bottom of my back and in my bum really hurts I can hardly walk and the pressure down below too almost feels as though baby is sitting right down, I've had diarreah last few days which is weird for me as I don't feel ill or ate anything out the ordinary, started to feel really sick but sickness stopped first couple months, struggling to walk around the house as I feel like babies just going to drop out kind of feeling as the pressure is bad heartburn has gotten worse too as well as some blood stained mucus show, I've known when I was is labour with my other children as contractions normally start fist then within 3 to 4 hours the babies are here I've always had easy births just slightly worried that something isn't right with this one and obviously having strep b I don't want the baby getting infected, she's already moving around erratically last 2 days which really hurts at times I know space is not the best in their but worried about her being distressed, just after a little advice as I'm a busy mom of 5 and don't really want to go to hospital if I'm just overreacting but I just feel out of soughts.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Feb 2018 - 14:32

    Hi Rachael, Thank you for your comment.

    As you are only 31 weeks and you have been experiencing abdominal pain, a blood stained loss and a change in your baby's movement, it would be advisable to call your local maternity unit as soon as you can and be assessed. You have a history of premature birth so it is better to go in and be checked over, especially as this is your 6th baby and you may labour quickly. Hope this helps, Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Anon (not verified) on 12 Feb 2018 - 10:28

    I am 33 weeks tmrw and for the last couple of days I haven't had any sleep. I also am getting short lived period cramps, this was weekly but has been increasing the last day or two. Not regular intervals but since last night lasting about 30 to 44 seconds coming every hour, sometimes quicker. Painful but not agony. Lower pelvic region occasionally in my leg and going higher on my stomach at times. Have had increased watery discharge last two weeks but panti liner is enough. On and off lower back ache. Is this normal or should I get checked out? Thanks

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Feb 2018 - 10:56

    Hi there
    This sounds like Braxton Hicks "practice contractions" but any abdominal pain, at any gestation of pregnancy should ideally be reviewed to put your mind at ease and check you and baby over to be sure.
    So please take yourself into your local maternity triage with your pregnancy notes today if you have not already done so to get reviewed by a midwife/doctor.
    Please take care of yourself
    Sophie, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Haley (not verified) on 15 Feb 2018 - 10:31

    The other day i went into hospital n come to find out i was dilated to two n contractions all day yesterday and this morning ive had diarrhea bad not sure what to do at this point and been having sharp pains

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Feb 2018 - 12:19

    Hi Hayley, Thank you for your comment.

    You don't mention if this is your first baby or not but many women can be 2 cm for a few days, even weeks before their baby is born. The difference is that you are having contractions and loose stools so this could be an indication that you are going into labour.
    As you are 35 weeks, it would be advisable that you go into your local hospital and be checked over, especially if you are still have regular sharp pains. If you haven't already done so , please call your local labour ward or day assessment unit so that you can be seen. Hope this helps, Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By roxanne (not verified) on 20 Feb 2018 - 18:06

    I keep having these contractions and i went to the hospital and they said i was in early labour and they want to wait because my waters havent broken yet so what do i do because i keep getting them really strong do i jabe ro wait if my waters break first

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Feb 2018 - 10:44

    Hi Roxanne
    It is possible that you are in early labour, or it could possibly be Braxton Hicks contractions- like practice contractions. The best thing to do is time them. If they last for 30 seconds or longer, and happen twice or more in a ten minute period of time, monitor them for 1-2 hours. If they stop after this, it sounds like Braxton Hicks. If they continue for longer than this and are painful and taking your breath away, then it sounds as if you are in early labour.
    Keep close contact with your maternity unit labour ward/ birth centre so that they can advise you when it sounds sensible to come into be reviewed. Often, labour starts with contractions first and the waters go later. But it is possible for the waters to break first too. The order is not important. What is important, is that you understand what is happening and why. Please feel free to call us on 0800 0147800 if you wish to talk this through in more detail.
    All the best
    Sophie, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Tia (not verified) on 5 Feb 2018 - 07:29

    Hey guys. Im 32 weeks today and since last night I've had a horrible stomach ache and back pain. Last week I lost my plug and it had a bloodish too it. The pain actually brings me to my knees. Now this is baby number 5 and it will be my 5th C section. Any ideas?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 7 Feb 2018 - 10:51

    Hi Tia
    I hope that you have sought medical advice since you sent this message! If you have not already done so, please do take yourself in for urgent review!
    All the best
    Sophie,Tommy's Midwife

  • By Jacqlyn (not verified) on 2 Feb 2018 - 05:14

    I have alot of back pain my stomach gets hard alot i was having cramps aswell as sharp pains babys moving like crazy and felt pressure as well more discharhe than usual but still milkishly color slight faul smell to me but its been like that my whole pregnancy and they do strip test for infections and always come out clean my dr.appt is tuesday should i wait to just see my doctor or could this mean early labor ?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 2 Feb 2018 - 14:29

    Hi Jacqlyn,
    If you are having a lot of back and abdominal pains, and baby's movements have increased a lot then it is important that you see someone to be checked out. In addition you have noticed increased discharge, if this is watery then it is important to make sure that your waters have not broken also. Do ring your maternity unit and go in to be in reviewed.

  • By Brittany (not verified) on 1 Feb 2018 - 05:54

    I am 34 weeks and 3 days pregnant with my 2 nd daughter. I am having alot of pressure down in my private part i am due in 2 weeks or 3 weeks to have my daughter kind of worried she is active she moves all the time also i have a lot of back pain and i can barely walk from mine and my fiance bedroom to the bathroom even when i take a shower it feels like alot of pressure it comes and goes sometimes it stays about 15 mins or less sometimes more but i went to the hospital when my blood pressure was up i was having Braxton hicks they keep me keep a eye on me and my baby girl everything was fine i went in to the hospital on January 19th 2018 this year i thought i was in labor but thank God i was not yet but she is head down first my 1st daughter was trying to come out butt and leg first i had to have a emergency csection with her she is now 3 yrs old i don't have her it is a long strong it brings down if i talk about it but other then that they kept me for 3 days i went home on January 21 st so that got my blood pressure down and just right my baby is doing good moves alot active as she can be i talked with my obgyn doctor yesterday January 30th he said we really would usually want our soon to be mothers to wait until 5 weeks but in my case since my daughter so wants out of there they gave me 3 weeks at the most see my due date is not until March 7th 2018 but in 3 weeks that puts it at February what ? My name is Brittany this is mine and my fiance 2 child together and our last cause of me having my blood pressure go up and down it would not be a good idea to have any more babies so i am going to get my tubes tide cutt burnt so when do you think i will have my daughter my fiance says February 14th 2018 i say i have no idea the doctor must have caught my due date is way off my last cycle was may 13th 2017 they put june 11th 2017 or so

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 1 Feb 2018 - 14:57

    Hi Brittany,

    Thank you for your comment.

    It is difficult to understand what you are trying to explain but if you are feeling a pressure with backache and you are unable to walk, also you had a previous section then it may be advisable for you to go into hospital again and be checked over. Please call your maternity unit if you are concerned. Unfortunately we cannot predict the exact date of when a baby will be born but we generally use the due date given at the 12 week scan as this is the most accurate. If you need any further advice in more detail then please email the Tommy's Midwives on [email protected] or you can call us on 0800 0147 800 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Hope this helps, Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Shannon (not verified) on 31 Jan 2018 - 19:21

    I'm 23 weeks and 3 days with my first and I've had pains in my upper stomach for over a week that gradually get worse throughout the day, is it something to worry about or is it normal and just my muscles and everything inside moving?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 1 Feb 2018 - 11:17

    Hi Shannon, Thank you for your comment.
    Any abdominal pain in pregnancy should be looked at. As this has been getting progressively worse over the past week then it would be advisable for you to be seen by your GP or at your local maternity unit day assessment triage. They will be able to check you over and make sure that all is well with your pregnancy. Hope this helps, Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Emily Avila (not verified) on 19 Jan 2018 - 05:56

    Hi, I have a frequent urge to go to the bathroom, my lower left side of my back hurts, I have a stomach ache and have diarrhea. I went to urgent care and all they said was that I don't have a UTI and just to drink more water.. what should I do

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Jan 2018 - 13:31

    Hi Emily,
    Sorry to hear that you are so uncomfortable at the moment. It is reassuring that you have been to be reviewed and they have tested your urine, however I wonder if they actually sent off a sample? As sometimes this can pick up a UTI when the strips cant. If this didn't happen then do ring your GP and see if you can drop off a sample for them to send off. You do not say how many weeks pregnant you are so I am not sure if labour is possible? If your symptoms continue then do call the midwife or your maternity unit to talk things through. Take care x

  • By Cheyenne (not verified) on 15 Apr 2018 - 19:21

    I’m 34 Weeks Pregnant I have been throwing up and having diarrhea for 3 days now and I’m losing white slimy discharge can you please tell me what I should do

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 16 Apr 2018 - 16:12

    Hi Cheyenne, An increase in discharge is normal in pregnancy and it is usual for this discharge to be white. If it is your waters that have broken the fluid would be clear (usually) and it would continue to trickle requiring you to wear a pad.
    If you have had diarrhoea for three days I recommend that you speak to your doctor.

  • By Kelly (not verified) on 8 Jan 2018 - 22:16

    Good Evening,
    I've had a pretty rough time since approx 14 weeks, I have been bleeding sometimes quite heavy - resulting in me going to epau approx 5 times last month.
    I didn't feel right on 1/1/2018 partner rang epau and they asked me to come in. They asked some different questions than normal, felt my stomach, and then performed an internal, as usual cervix closed, quite a bit of blood, but nothing abnormal for me these days. I should also add I'm 37 and had CIN3 cells on my cervix which were treated by loop diathermy in 2004. Up until this point I was still thinking why have you come up on new years day, you have a scan on Friday. after internal was done, scan performed. the sonographer looked rather perplexed, and after what felt like an eternity told me there was no amniotic fluid around the baby. I remembered reading on the notes of my last scan 'Good liquor volume' so was really taken a back.
    I was booked in with a consultant on the Wednesday - 3/1 although it felt like a life time away I had to accept it. woke up very early on the 3rd to a very heavy bleed - I have been wearing pads for 6 weeks for the bleeding, even an ultra pad couldn't cope with the bleed, went up to hospital, was admitted and stayed over night, they were expecting me to go into Labor, this didn't happen came home the following day on advise of strict bed rest, and 500mg x6 daily of anti biotics and iron tabs due the blood loss.
    on the 5/1 the bleeding was still present but had slowed down, I started with severe pain just above my pubic hair line, this hasn't let up since its constant but it does last for over a minute at a time , if i wasmt on bed rest i wouldnt be able to complete what I was doing, the pain is that bad. as it's been going on for 4 days any indication what it may be. I have had nausea and runs too but am putting the down to the ethrymicin.
    one thing I haven't mentioned is the fact that baby still has a hb, or had at the last scan on 4/1 I don't get to see my baby again until this Thursday.
    any advice on what it could be would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance,
    Kelly

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 10 Jan 2018 - 11:24

    Hi Kelly, from all that you have told me, my message would be to take yourself back into the maternity unit today asap, now ideally if you are not already there by now! It sounds like you have a very complicated medical history and this sounds to be a very high risk pregnancy also. In both of your best interests, i would certainly err on the side of caution and be re-reviewed asap today. Bleeding that heavily is not good for either of you and of course is a risk to both of you. They need to find the source of this bleeding also.
    Please feel free to contact us again if we can be of any further assistance, but please get yourself seen urgently today!
    Sophie, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Mrs W (not verified) on 5 Jan 2018 - 20:27

    Sorry for tmi I'm 30+3 weeks and being monitored for a small baby and have dull backache and stomach ache (not sure if tightenings) and feeling like I have diarrhoea and need to go but when I go loo I can't seem to fully go there was also blood which I don't know if is from front or back as have bled from back before but it seems more forward and I generally just feel neausea help please thanks

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 8 Jan 2018 - 15:34

    Its possibly too late to help you now as you sent this message on Friday evening and we are a Monday to Friday service 9-5pm
    I always advise to be seen on the labour ward for anyone with abdominal pain at this gestation. Also anyone with bleeding should be seen as soon as possible. I hope that you have been checked out and that all is well. Best wishes

  • By Chelsea (not verified) on 3 Jan 2018 - 14:11

    I am 34+1 weeks pregnant with my second child I am so tired lately having slight cramping/tightenings constantly needing the loo and don’t have a very good sleep I’ve been having cramping in my one leg throughout the night for about a week or so & im not to sure if my waters are leaking what shall I do?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 4 Jan 2018 - 15:56

    Hi Chelsea,
    Sorry to hear that you are having such a difficult time at the moment with your pregnancy. It sounds like it would be a good idea to see your midwife to check whether you have urine infection or not as this can cause pain and cramping, and constantly needing the loo. If you are constantly having tightenings then again this needs to be reviewed to make sure that you are not in early labour and there are no signs of infection or anything causing it, you also mention you are unsure if your waters are broken so again you need to ring your maternity unit to be reviewed. Take care, Tommy's midwives x

  • By Courtney (not verified) on 25 Dec 2017 - 23:36

    I'm 23 weeks and for a about a week I've had bad stomach cramps accompanied with back pain and headaches. I've had the runs and sickness ( but been sick whole pregnancy) when I feel I need to poop nothing comes. I've timed the pains tonight
    8:36pm-8:42pm
    9:15pm-9:21pm
    10:35pm- 10:41pm
    10:48pm-10:52pm
    I've been checked by my midwife 2days ago and I have no infection and blood pressure is fine? What's going on?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 3 Jan 2018 - 11:06

    Hi Courtney. I would really like you to take yourself into be reviewed at your local hospital by a midwife and dr if you have not already done so.
    Abdo pain at 23 weeks is not normal and needs investigation. Back pain and the severity of your headaches also need to be addressed urgently! Please get seen urgently today if this has persisted and you have not sought help yet!
    Take care, Sophie Tommys Midwife

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 17 Dec 2017 - 05:04

    Having pain in my butt like i have too poo but i dont... Havent felt baby move as much today. Was in hospital few days ago throwing up diarrhea and cramps but cervix were closed what to do with this new pain in butt

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Dec 2017 - 12:02

    If you are concerned about baby's movements it is important that you call your maternity unit for advice and to be checked out. There is no maximum number of times that you can be seen. It is difficult to help with the new pain without examining you. Don't be scared of asking your midwife if you are concerned. #alwaysask.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 7 Dec 2017 - 05:15

    Hi I have been up all night with really bad back pain and tighten all over belly and getting really bad pushing and pain am I going to labour

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 7 Dec 2017 - 13:52

    HI, Thank you for your comment.
    What you are describing may be the start of early labour but as you are only 36+4 then we would recommend that you contact your local maternity unit to be checked over. Any pain in pregnancy needs to be assessed and as this has kept you up all night it sounds like you have been very uncomfortable. Please call your local maternity unit so that you can been assessed. Hope all is well, take care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 2 Dec 2017 - 16:02

    I have been felling ill for a few day bad pain in back and abdomen dont fell my self at all 30+5 days pregnant

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 4 Dec 2017 - 12:27

    Hello. If you have pain in your abdomen at 30 weeks we always advise that you see your doctor or midwife. As we are not able to examine you we cannot rule out any conditions which would need to be treated. Please don't feel that you shouldn't call them. As health professionals we are there to help and support you.

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