How do you know when it's time to come to the hospital? Sometimes every little ache and pain seems like the "real thing."
Expect false alarms. Remember, no one knows for sure what triggers labor, and every woman's experience is different. Sometimes it's hard to tell when labor begins.
Don't hesitate to call your health care provider if you're unsure about if you're in labor. Preterm labor can be especially tricky. If you arrive at the hospital in false labor, don't feel embarrassed or frustrated. Think of it as a practice run. The real thing is likely on its way.
If you have any signs of labor, including any form of bleeding, before 37 weeks, consult your health care provider. If your water breaks or contractions begin, contact the following:
During normal business hours (weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.): contact the OB-GYN clinicat 608-392-9866 and ask for the OB Nurse triage line.
Outside of the normal business day and on weekends: contact the Family Birthplace at 608-392-2560.
Not all treatments, tests and services are available at all Mayo Clinic Health System locations. Check with your preferred location in advance.