What is preterm labour?

Preterm labour is labour that starts before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Many of the signs of preterm labour can feel the same as some normal things that happen during pregnancy, making it hard to tell if you are in labour. The important thing to watch for are the signs of labour or if things feel new or different. Some of the signs of preterm labour include:

  • sudden gush or a constant slow leak of fluid from the vagina
  • bleeding from the vagina
  • contractions of the uterus
  • low dull backache
  • pelvic pressure

If you are not sure about what you are feeling, contact the Birth Unit at 613-721-2000, ext. 2127 to speak with a Registered Nurse or come to the hospital.