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  • It’s important to recognise premature labour, in case you and your baby need medical care.
  • The risk of premature labour is higher in certain circumstances – for example, if you have high blood pressure or diabetes, if you are having twins or more babies, or if you smoke.
  • Braxton Hicks contractions are a tightening feeling in the womb. They usually last less than one minute, and happen only once or twice an hour, a few times a day. They are not a sign of labour.
  • Real labour pains become regular, longer and more painful over time
  • If your waters break, or you start contractions before 37 weeks of pregnancy, call your midwife, doctor or hospital immediately.

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Reviewed on: 25-05-2018