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I think I'm in labor!

Signs and symptoms of labor

The most common symptom of labor is contractions. Contractions often begin mildly and inconsistent in timing. As labor progresses, contractions should become more intense and more frequent. When contractions are occurring every 3-6 minutes, and are painful enough that you are breathing through them, it is time to come to the hospital for evaluation.

Another sign of labor to watch for is the rupture of membranes. During pregnancy, your baby is surrounded and cushioned by a fluid-filled membranous sac called the amniotic sac. At the beginning of or during labor, your membranes will rupture — also known as your water breaking. This is best described as a gush of fluid, but can also be a continuous trickle of clear or yellow tinged fluid. This usually happens once contractions have begun, but can also be the first sign.

What to do next

If you think that you are in labor, please call the office at 704-372-4000 or 704-944-1200 if it is afterhours. We will then advise you to come to the hospital or, if it is not time yet, we will offer other advice.

If you are uncertain regarding your symptoms, please call for advice. Once it is time, please proceed to Labor and Delivery at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center for evaluation. Once you are there, a nurse will see and evaluate you in triage. The nurse will then call the physician who will admit you to the hospital if necessary.

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