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Dr. John Holden
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Early Onset Of Labor (Overview)

Early onset of labor is a clinical finding in which the birth process begins before the 37th week of pregnancy.


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

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

Dr. John Holden
85 doctors shared insights

Early Onset Of Labor (Overview)

Early onset of labor is a clinical finding in which the birth process begins before the 37th week of pregnancy.


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How early do they try to stop preterm labor?

How early do they try to stop preterm labor?

About 22+ weeks: After 22+ weeks of gestation many ob's will attempt to use tocolytics to stop labor, especially if the mother has had repeat pregnancy losses. Viability of a live fetus however is dependant upon the nicu of the hospital and its' care until the fetal lungs are mature enough to breathe and survive once pre-term delivery occurs. ...Read more

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What are the indications and nursing care for preterm labor treatment?

What are the indications and nursing care for preterm labor treatment?

Preterm labor: To evaluate a patient for premature labor, it is essential to monitor uterine contractions and fetal heart beat. An early cervical examination and a follow up cervical examination will tell if there has been cervical change. Cervical change is a hallmark of premature labor. If there is cervical change, then treatment can be started. ...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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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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My idiot ob says he will not stop preterm labor at 34 weeks citing no risks. What are the true risks for baby if born that early?

My idiot ob says he will not stop preterm labor at 34 weeks citing no risks. What are the true risks for baby if born that early?

Preterm risks: In fact, most obs will not stop labor at 34 weeks. The baby is in most cases mature enough. The concern is possible underdevelopment of the lung, but even in the 1% where that happens the treatments are very effective. So the only indication for stopping labor would be something like fetal distress or abnormal placement of the placenta. ...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 can I find out whether CMV was instrumental in preticipating an early onset of labor or not? Igg 2, 9 (grey zone 0, 85-1, 1)

Cytomegalovirus: You have asked about this previously. There is no way to definitively exclude the possibility but absent an igm antibody titer, or rising igg titers over a several week time frame there is no way to prove whether this may have initiated early onset labor. Many people have antibodies to cmv, some that are actually cross immune reactions to other herpes viruses (yes, CMV is a herpesvirus), . ...Read more

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How early do they try to stop preterm labor?

About 22+ weeks: After 22+ weeks of gestation many ob's will attempt to use tocolytics to stop labor, especially if the mother has had repeat pregnancy losses. Viability of a live fetus however is dependant upon the nicu of the hospital and its' care until the fetal lungs are mature enough to breathe and survive once pre-term delivery occurs. ...Read more

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Can heavy lifting cause water broke early or can it cause preterm labor?

Can heavy lifting cause water broke early or can it cause preterm labor?

Possible : But unlikely . More probably you would hurt your back. If you have an incompetent cervix or are dilated it is possible the activity of very heavy lifting may cause preterm labor or water to break. ...Read more

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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...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