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What can happen if your at high risk of preterm labor and have sex?

What can happen if your at high risk of preterm labor and have sex?

Contractions: Intercourse can stimulate contractions. If you are at risk for preterm birth, I would discuss with your ob/gyn before having sex to see if it is ok or not. ...Read more

Dr. Guy VanDell
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Preterm Labor (Definition)

Preterm labor =regular uterine contractions before 37 weeks of pregnancy with accompanying cervical changes ...Read more


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Is sex safe in the third trimester? Can it cause preterm labor? What positions are best? Is oral sex ok?

Is sex safe in the third trimester? Can it cause preterm labor? What positions are best? Is oral sex ok?

Sex 3rd trimester: It is safe to have sex in the third trimester, as long as your partner is positioned so that his weight isn't on your tummy. Lying at the edge of a bed with your partner standing is usually the easiest. It is unlikely to cause preterm labor. Oral sex is ok. ...Read more

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How can I avoid preterm labor?

How can I avoid preterm labor?

We MFMs wish we knew: Physicians and nurses who care for pregnant patients, physicians and all other providers who take care of preemies through their lifetimes, parents and researchers have looked at many ways to prevent preterm labor and delivery and its effects on children and families. At this point we do not even know all the causes. Plus we often lack treatment. Funding of research is what we need along with care. ...Read more

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What are signs of preterm labor?

What are signs of preterm labor?

Cramping/Contraction: Cramping and contractions are common. Additional signs that can signify preterm labor include rhythmic back pain or pelvic pressure, change in vaginal discharge, bleeding or spotting, large gush of amniotic fluid. In any case where preterm labor is suspected the pregnant woman should seek immediate care from her OB provider or local OB facility. ...Read more

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What is considered a preterm labor?

What is considered a preterm labor?

Uterus+cervix change: Labor is the presence of regular contractions plus change in the cervix. When labor occurs before term, or 37 completed weeks of gestation, then it is considered preterm labor. If born too early, the premature newborn faces some problems like difficulty breathing, poor resistance to infection, bleeding in the head, etc. An OB expert needs to evaluate all cases and determine whether to try to stop. ...Read more

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What are the signs of preterm labor?

What are the signs of preterm labor?

Contractions, other: Contractions with cervical change before term define preterm labor. They can be mild or irregular, accompanied by discharge, back pain, etc. If preterm, especially with risk factors (eg, twins, diabetes), it is always appropriate to call OB or go to labor & delivery asap. An evaluation by physician is needed. Sometimes a transfer to a perinatal center is required, and it can take time to mobilize. ...Read more

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How can I tell if this is preterm labor?

How can I tell if this is preterm labor?

Be suspicious!: First baby?
Expected when?
Some cramping- contractions do come and go!
You have some time to be observant, and call OB to alert them. ...Read more

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What happens if I go into preterm labor?

What happens if I go into preterm labor?

Depends: If you act quickly and do not rupture your membranes, the doc can stop your labor with meds and give baby more time to develop. If you do nothing, you will go into labor early and likely end up with a baby in intensive care. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for preterm labor?

Not all have risks: Sometimes preterm labor, and even delivery, can happen in women with no known risk factors. If a pregnant woman doesn't have any of the typical risk factors like twins or triplets, bleeding, prior history of preterm birth, etc, she should call her OB if signs or symptoms of premature labor. If she does have those risks, she should be prepared to notify her OB and go to labor & delivery immediately. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am going into preterm labor?

Preterm labor: The best way to tell, is by a cervical check and toco monitoring. This can be performed in the doctors office or in the hospital. ...Read more

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I don't understand why I went into preterm labor again?

PreTerm Labor: We don't know the reason for ptl but if you had one ptl then you are at risk for this to happen again. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Preterm labor?

What is the definition or description of: Preterm labor?

Preterm labor: Preterm labor =regular uterine contractions before 37 weeks of pregnancy with accompanying cervical changes in preparation for delivery. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of preterm labor you notice first?

What are the symptoms of preterm labor you notice first?

Cramping/Contrations: Cramping and contractions are common. Tightening of the abdomen can also be noted. Rhythmic back pain, pevlic pressure, change in vaginal discharge, spotting or bleeding, or large gush of fluid can also be a sign. In any case where there is concern, the pregnant woman should seek immediate care with her OB provider or at an OB facility. ...Read more

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Is it possible to go into preterm labor for a second time?

Is it possible to go into preterm labor for a second time?

Very much so: Women who experience preterm labor with one pregnancy likely have a combination of factors which make them susceptible to this. If they are pregnant again, their risk for preterm labor again is increased 2 to 3 times! Risk factors: age, multiple pregnancies, uterine abnormalities, drug (tobacco/alcohol/illicit) use, short interval between pregnancies, poor weight gain during pregnancy. ...Read more

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I don't understand why I went into preterm labor? What are the causes?

Largely unknown...: Pretem labor is a blanket/umbrella diagnosis for a wide spectrum of conditions that result in fetal stress and uterine contractions. Such conditions include: infections, poor growth, placental failure, bleeding, too much amniotic fluid, multifetal pregnancies, trauma, fetal anomalies causing hydrops or heary failure, etc. Most of the time there is no diagnosis and preterm labor is "idiopathic". ...Read more

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What are the symptoms that can arise before, during, or after preterm labor?

What are the symptoms that can arise before, during, or after preterm labor?

Pain, bleeding.: Usually preterm labor is manifested with abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, fever or leaking fluid per vaginam. As it progresses to preterm birth, it invariably causes severe pelvic pain and pressure and should be managed in a tertiary hospital with nicu availability. ...Read more

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I've had most of the signs of preterm labor, could i be going into preterm labor?

I've had most of the signs of preterm labor, could i be going into preterm labor?

Need Exam: The only way to check or rule out preterm labor is with monitoring & exam. See your OB for evaluation and ffn testing. This will help screen you for risks of cervical softening or change. Take care. ...Read more

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Nifedipine for preterm labor risks?

Nifedipine for preterm labor risks?

Much safer: Nifedipine (brand name: procardia) is a much safer class of medication for premature labor than it's predecessors, such as terbutaline or ritodrine, which could cause fast heartbeat, high blood sugars, and even pulmonary edema. ...Read more

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Why do triplets have preterm labor?

Why do triplets have preterm labor?

Basic mechanics occ.: Whether it contains triplets, one big baby or extra amniotic fluid, the uterine muscle can only stretch so far before it starts to contract. Similarly, fibers holding the cervix closed can only withstand so much weight and pressure before it begins to thin and to open up. A similar thing might happen to a single amniotic sac these (contractions, dilating, bag breaking) can lead to labor, delivery. ...Read more

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Dr. John Holden
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Early Onset Of Labor (Definition)

Early onset of labor is a clinical finding in which the birth process begins before the ...Read more