• Pre-term labor prevention

    Signs of pre-term labor

    Pre-term labor can be a serious problem. Call your doctor right away if you have any of these signs:

    • Contractions every 10 minutes or six contractions in an hour.
    • Change in vaginal discharge (leaking fluid or bleeding from your vagina).
    • 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.

    Pre-term labor and dental care

    Pre-term labor may be linked to poor dental care. Follow these steps:

    • Have your teeth cleaned and checked regularly, especially during your pregnancy.
    • Brush and floss after meals.
    • Avoid sugary drinks before bed.  

    UK HealthCare supports the March of Dime's campaign, Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait, which is a multifaceted partnership of the March of Dimes, the Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute and the Kentucky Department of Public Health.