It’s probably the real thing if:

  • The contractions intensify rather than ease up with activity and aren’t relieved by a change in position or rest.
  • Pain begins in the lower back and spreads to the lower abdomen; it may also radiate to the legs. You may even have diarrhea.
  • Contractions become progressively more frequent and painful, last longer and become more regular. 
  • Bloody show is present and is pink to bloody.
  • Membranes rupture. You will feel a warm gush or steady trickle. Small amounts of discharge are normal at the end of pregnancy.
You should call the office if:
  • Your water breaks, please note the time, amount, color, and odor. Please call right away if you have been told you are positive for group B strep vaginal infection or if the fluid has an odor or is not clear.
  • Your contractions are about 5 minutes apart, lasting 60 seconds long for about 1 hour.
  • Your first labor was very fast; call as soon as you are having regular, painful contractions. Please make sure to remind the physician about your prior labor.
  • If you are experiencing pelvic or rectal pressure with the contractions.
Other warning signs:
  • If you have not felt the baby move in several hours, have something sweet to drink, lay on your left side, put your hands on your stomach, and feel for movement. There should be at least 10 movements in an hour. Call if the baby is not moving.
  • If you are bleeding like a period.
  • If you have a bad headache that is not relieved by rest and Tylenol, visual disturbances, persistent nausea, worsening edema, or unusual abdominal pain.
  • If you have contractions that will not relax.
Contact Information:
24 hours a day, call 478-1158.   If the office is closed your call will be forwarded to an operator who will take your message and a physician will call right back.
Our call group:
We do have an agreement with another wonderful obstetrical practice in town to help cover occasional weekend shifts. Although we do our best to deliver all of our own patients, Dr. William Loftus, Dr. Suzanne Bartol-Krueger, and Dr. Byuong Ryu will continue to provide you with excellent obstetrical care in our absence.

739 Irving Avenue - Suite 530 Syracuse, NY 13210 Tel: 315-478-1158 - Fax: 315-478-3014

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