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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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How to keep gingivitis bacteria low during pregnancy to avoid preterm labor?

How to keep gingivitis bacteria low during pregnancy to avoid preterm labor?

That's Easy: That's an easy one. All you have to do is what you should be doing already anyway. Brush thoroughly after each meal, floss at least once a day, and see a dentist/hygienist as often as recommended. If they think every 6months is good, then that's what you should do. If your dental team suggests a shorter interval, that's what you should do. Also, eat healthy and don't smoke, and you should be fine. ...Read more

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Is there something I can do to avoid a prolonged labor?

Is there something I can do to avoid a prolonged labor?

Exersise: Women in a good physical shape always has a better outcome with the pregnancies and labor, especially when they have good abdominal and pelvic muscles. It's might be too late now if you are in your last trimester, but swimming is still an option. ...Read more

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Are there certain foods to eat and/or avoid around the time of labor?

Are there certain foods to eat and/or avoid around the time of labor?

Light and low: Keep it light and low in fat and fiber. You don't want to have a lot in your stomach, and those foods will stick around in your stomach longer. Drink plenty of fluids. ...Read more

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Is it possible to avoid getting fourth degree tear during labor?

C-section or inducti: If you have episiotomy a 4 degree even though we try to prevent it is possible, another way is for your gyn to cut a lml episiotomy meaning it is cut at an angle away from the rectum- prob is these are much more painful than a regular non4th epis., another possiblity is that you get induced early at 39 wks without an amnio or 38 -38-6 with an amnio so the bay is not too large talk to your ob. ...Read more

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I am 6mos. pregnant now and my weight becomes 61kg from 54kg in just 3 weeks? Is there any way to lower my weight to avoid hard time with my labor?

I am 6mos. pregnant now and my weight becomes 61kg from 54kg in just 3 weeks? Is there any way to lower my weight to avoid hard time with my labor?

Healthy: I would not recommend active weight loss at this point in your pregnancy. Have you seen your OB/GYN since the weight increase? It is possible that you are retaining fluid - is your blood pressure normal? I would just eat a very heatlhy variety of foods and exercise daily. Talk to your OB about specific calorie recommendations. ...Read more

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Do you have to have pitocin (oxytocin) when you have prolonged labor? i would like to try avoid chemical inductions due to risk of AFE, I am terrified

Very Very Rare...: Fortunately, Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE) is very rare. Most Ob/Gyns practice their entire career without seeing a single case. Oxytocin is recommended for many reasons including prolonged labor. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What is the best advice you can give on how to avoid a c-section and labor inducing medicine when giving birth?

What is the best advice you can give on how to avoid a c-section and labor inducing medicine when giving birth?

Discuss with OB: Talk to your obstetrician about their attitude on c-sections verses your attitude. If you both agree that you'd like to avoid one, and/or the use of labor inducing medications, that's the best odds you can have. Leave your mind open, though. In the process of birth there are often circumstances that occur that warrant the help of a c-section or meds to protect the life & well being of baby & mom. ...Read more

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Been on b/c continuously to avoid my period for 2 yrs. Missed 3 pills over Labor Day and been slightly inconsistent. Is my bleeding a period or ??

Been on b/c continuously to avoid my period for 2 yrs. Missed 3 pills over Labor Day and been slightly inconsistent. Is my bleeding a period or ??

Its a period: If you take b/c continuously, you may have a period or spotting if you miss 3 pills. Fortunately, you are protected from pregnancy if you took the pill daily for at least 3 weeks (21 days) before you missed the pills. You can start taking them again today. Best wishes. ...Read more