Doctor Tips, Weeks 14-26

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Week 24

If you think you’re having preterm labor, call your healthcare provider right away. More in week 24.

Now is the time to start paying attention to symptoms that could herald preterm labor. These include multiple strong contractions, increased vaginal pressure, increased vaginal discharge, leakage of fluid that is the consistency of water, or vaginal bleeding. If you aren’t sure, call your doctor or midwife and check in to be sure. While it’s true that babies this far along can possibly survive with the appropriate intensive care, many babies born at this age have permanent health issues, so any preterm labor at this point would want to be stopped!

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Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, April 2020

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  1. This is one of the only memories I was actually able to keep up with during my 2nd pregnancy! With my 1st, I kept a pregnancy journal of sorts with things that were happening, doctor’s notes from each appointment, belly pictures each week, nursery updates… With #2, #1 was in full-blown toddler mode, so belly pictures were my only documented memory. I’m glad I made myself continue that tradition!

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    1. It’s so true, the 2nd (and 3rd and 4th….) kids start having way less documentation even from before they are born! Thank goodness for smartphones these days 🙂

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