Symptoms of Preterm Labour

In some cases, it is unclear why labour starts early, although there is a greater chance of this happening for women who have had a preterm baby or a late miscarriage before.1 It is important to be aware and educate your patients about the symptoms of preterm labour.

The signs of premature labour can be similar to the signs of labour that starts at full term and this can include4;

  • Contractions
  • Period-type pains
  • A "show" (when the plug of mucus that has sealed the cervix during pregnancy comes away and out of the vagina)
  • Rupture of membranes – this can be a gush or a trickle
  • Backache

When a patient is experiencing symptoms of preterm labour, you need to determine if her risk of preterm birth is real or perhaps quite low. In the UK, 140,000 women exhibit signs and symptoms of preterm labour per year but less than 5% go on to deliver within 14 days.5

Fetal fibronectin (fFN) testing can precisely measure your patient’s true risk of preterm labour and allow you to provide the right care.


  1. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Preterm labour guidance. Published November 2015. Available at:
  2. NHS choices. Premature labour and birth. Available at:
  3. ACOG Technical Bulletin, 1995, No. 206; National Vital Statistics Report 2000;48(3)

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