Shooting pains, also known as Braxton Hicks contractions, start occurring after the first trimester of pregnancy. The shooting pain is caused by intermittent uterine contractions and it is painless for some expecting women. Initially, the bouts of pain may not be felt, but soon they start occurring every 10 to 20 minutes. Braxton Hicks contractions or shooting pain are also called pre-labour contractions.
If you haven’t completed 37 weeks of gestation, but are having more than four contractions in an hour, there is a strong chance that you may have to be admitted for preterm labour. Here are the signs and symptoms of pre-term labour knowing which may help you to immediately assess your situation and call for medical help.
If your last trimester of pregnancy hasn’t started yet, you experience all signs of preterm labour and with each passing day the pain worsens in spite of resorting to aforementioned relieving methods, call your health care provider immediately to prevent preterm delivery.
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