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    It is important to know the signs of preterm labor, because taking 17P is not a promise that the baby won’t come early.

    The signs of preterm labor are:

    • Bleeding
    • Feeling that the baby is balling up
    • Contractions (belly tightens like a fist) every 10 minutes or less
    • Changes in vaginal discharge (leaking fluid)
    • Pelvic pressure (feeling that the baby is pushing down)
    • Low, dull backache
    • Cramps that feel like a period
    • Abdominal cramps with or without diarrhea
    • Feeling that something is not right

    A health care provider must be contacted right away if a pregnant woman is experiencing any of these symptoms.