Observed internationally on November 17th , World Prematurity Day (WDP) acknowledges the problematic journeys of preterm infants and their families.Sadly, the complications of preterm birth are among the leading causes of death in children under five worldwide. Prematurity Awareness Month has brought more attention and urgency to global initiatives. This is ever so important as the incidents of preterm birth, worldwide are increasing rapidly.
Normal pregnancy is considered from 37 weeks to 41 weeks of gestation. A baby born in under 37 weeks is referred to as premature. In other words, babies born before completion of nine months of pregnancy are considered premature. Premature babies, especially those born very early, often have complicated medical problems.The earlier a baby is born, the higher the risk of complications.
Common signs of premature labour
- Cramping in lower abdomen or menstrual-like cramps. These can feel like gas pains that may come with diarrhea
- Backache, (usually in the lower back). This may be constant or it may come and go.
- Contractions every 10 minutes or less . A contraction is when the muscles of the uterus tighten up like a fist and then relax.
- Increased vaginal discharge.
- Increased pressure in your pelvis or vagina.
- Bloody (or brownish ) mucus discharge.
- When a pregnant person’s water breaks they may experience a sensation of a big rush of water. With premature labour, however, there may be just a trickle.
All infants born preterm require immediate and significant medical care posing unexpected challenges — emotional and financial — to their parents and family system.
If you or someone you know has experienced the symptoms mentioned above, feel free to reach out to Lotus Hospitals for a consultation with our expert gynaecologists.