• Am I in labor?

    Sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re in labor or if it’s a false alarm.  

    Reasons to come to the hospital

    If you experience any of these symptoms, you should come to the hospital immediately:

    • Contractions* every five minutes for one hour if greater than 37 weeks.
    • Contractions* every 10 minutes for one hour if less than 37 weeks.
    • Your water breaks.
    • Vaginal bleeding – soaking a sanitary pad each hour.
    • Vaginal bleeding like you’re having a period.
    • Decreased fetal movements (less than 10 movements in two hours).
    • Vomiting for 24 hours.
    • Any kind of fall, car accident or abdominal trauma.

    * Time contractions from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next contraction.  

     Reasons to call your doctor

    If you experience any of these symptoms, check with your doctor:

    • Headaches that don’t go away with Tylenol.
    • Pain in the upper abdomen.
    • Vision changes.
    • Symptoms of urinary tract infection (burning with urination).
    • Fever greater than 100.5°F by mouth. 

    Phone numbers

    The Birthing Center (Triage) 
    859-257-7426 

    UK Women’s Health Obstetrics & Gynecology
    859-323-0005

    UK Polk-Dalton Clinic
    859-257-8801

    UK Family Practice
    859-323-6371

    UK Women’s Health Obstetrics & Gynecology - Georgetown
    502-570-4205