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Why do they hospitalize you and put you on bedrest for possible preterm labor when you could be resting at home?

Why do they hospitalize you and put you on bedrest for possible preterm labor when you could be resting at home?

Preterm labor: Bedrest doesn't prevent preterm labor in the hospital or at home. However, if the woman has advanced cervical dilatation, keeping her in the hospital ensures a safer delivery. ...Read more

Strict Bed Rest (Definition)

For some women, the doctor recommends total or partial bed rest during their pregnancy. They may be at high risk for preterm labor or other complications, requiring them to reduce their activity level, stay away from stressful situations, and keep the baby inside as long as possible. If your health care provider orders a dose of bed rest for you - whether it's for one day or for the duration of your pregnancy - you might try these coping strategies to help accept the restrictions ...Read more


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What kind of exercises can I do if I cannot walk or stand because i'm on bedrest due to preterm labor?

What kind of exercises can I do if I cannot walk or stand because i'm on bedrest due to preterm labor?

Arm, leg movements.: Gentle arm, leg exercises under the guidance of a physical therapist and prenatal massage should help a lot. ...Read more

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What exactly is pelvic rest and how successful is it for preterm labor?

What exactly is pelvic rest and how successful is it for preterm labor?

No intercourse.: It means to avoid anything per vaginam (including sex, tampons, douche, or other devices). It is generally recommended when someone is at risk for bleeding (e.g. From placenta/vasa previa) or preterm labor. It is a common sense approach with not solid evidence of efficacy behind it, however it costs little/nothing and makes sense. Prostaglandins and trauma during sex can trigger labor. ...Read more

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30 weeks pregnant high risk for preterm labor and have been put on strict bed rest. Can I use at home treatment for a yeast infection?

30 weeks pregnant high risk for preterm labor and have been put on strict bed rest. Can I use at home treatment for a yeast infection?

Call your Doctor: You are 30 weeks and high risk, you need to be comfortable sending any and all questions to your doctor or midwife. This is a good question here but a risk this is not yeast. Any uncertainty is unacceptable in your situation. If anyone at the other end of the phone acts annoyed with your questions that is their problem, not yours. Call all questions in to your provider from here on out! good luck. ...Read more

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I've been having preterm contractions with a negative ffn. I was put on procardia (nifedipine) and bed rest. Now I have pressure and my vagina hurts really bad.28w?

I've been having preterm contractions with a negative ffn. I was put on procardia (nifedipine) and bed rest. Now I have pressure and my vagina hurts really bad.28w?

Call your doctor now: If you are at risk of preterm delivery with pressure and vaginal pain, this is concerning for premature labor. Negative ffn does not rule out premature labor 100%. Call your doctor 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'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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Can mag withdrawal cause preterm labor?

Can mag withdrawal cause preterm labor?

Preterm labor: Premature labor is caused by inflammation or infection. Magnesium has been used for the treatment of premature labor, but multiple studies have shown that it doesn't really stop contractions. Its use for this indication is declining. Withdrawing an ineffective medication can't cause premature labor. ...Read more

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What are signs that tell them to try to stop preterm labor?

What are signs that tell them to try to stop preterm labor?

Preterm labor: Signs of preterm labor include a change in vaginal discharge, spotting or light bleeding, and presence of uterine contractions. Uterine contractions can be felt as a hardening of the uterus. If these occur you should call your doctor. ...Read more

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How do doctors stop preterm labor?

Medications : There are several medications that can be used for this. Iv fluid hydration can be helpful. Sedation and pain medications are sometimes used. Bed rest is sometimes recommended. ...Read more

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Can too many kegals induce preterm labor?

Probably not but: If you are close to your delivery date, you should concentrate on keeping comfortable and not over-do excercises. If you find the you are sore from the kegels than cut back a bit on their intensity. ...Read more

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Why isn't terbutaline approved by the fda for preterm labor?

Side effect profile.: Terbutaline can block the uterine contractions of the final common pathway leading to preterm labor, however it does nothing to address the etiology of preterm contractions and has significant and potentially life-threatening maternal side effects with tachycardia, hyperglycemia and arrhythmias. There is little evidence that terbutaline (a brochodilator by design) is useful for long-term tocolysis. ...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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Is it safe to take steroids during preterm labor?

Benefit > risk: Physicians, especially those treating pregnant women, weigh risks and benefits of drugs for both the woman and her baby. Steroids can have some risks such as increased bs, susceptibility to infection. Giving them too often might pose some problems for newborns also. However, most studies show that they have benefits for babies at risk of being born premature, and that is why they're given for some. ...Read more

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Do progesterone shots really prevent preterm labor?

Do progesterone shots really prevent preterm labor?

YES!: Progesterone shots weekly between 16-37 weeks prevent up to 31-42% of recurrent preterm labor in women who have already had a preterm birth in a previous pregnancy. ...Read more

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Preterm labor concerns. They said my cervix is shortened?

Preterm labor concerns. They said my cervix is shortened?

High risk of PTL: Short cervix can increase the risk of preterm labor and delivery. There is treatment that can decrease the risk. Discuss the management of preterm delivery with your physician. ...Read more

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Is Green Discharge during Preterm Labor Normal Or Should I go to ER ?

Is Green Discharge during Preterm Labor Normal Or Should I go to ER ?

Meconium: This green discharge may be meconium which is a sign of fetal distress. If you do not already see a OB MD then go to the ER for assessment of possible labor and the discharge. ...Read more

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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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Early Onset Of Labor (Definition)

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