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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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Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


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Will having amnio cause preterm labor?

Will having amnio cause preterm labor?

It can.: Amniocentesis involves introducing a fine needle into the pregnancy sac to retrieve some amniotic fluid for fetal dna testing. That technique had inherent risks for complications, including preterm labor and preterm premature rupture of membranes. The risk for any of these complications to occur is <1%, but is real and devastating if they do occur. ...Read more

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Does tylenol (acetaminophen) help braxton hicks contractions ?

Does tylenol (acetaminophen) help braxton hicks contractions ?

Possible : It may relieve the pain and doesn't hurt you or baby to take on occasion when you are having these contractions. ...Read more

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Difference between braxton hicks contractions, trimesteral uterine contractions and regular labor contractions??

Difference between braxton hicks contractions, trimesteral uterine contractions and regular labor contractions??

Cervical change: Braxton-Hicks contractions are real contractions, but are not putting you into labor, as evidenced by changing your cervix. Keep well hydrated, and time them. If they are coming ever 5 minutes, you need to be evaluated by your obstetrician. ...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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How to relieve Braxton Hicks Contractions at 23 weeks?

How to relieve Braxton Hicks Contractions at 23 weeks?

Braxton hicks 23 wks: Call your doctor this AM and discuss. Usually do not have B-H that early (usually 3rd trimester, 2nd is early, so is a bit early) may be UTI or pre-term labor. Drink water and do not dehydrate as that can precipitate. Relax, lie down. Call you doctor this AM immediately ...Read more

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Procardia (nifedipine) ok to stop preterm contractions?

Procardia (nifedipine) ok to stop preterm contractions?

Preterm contractions: Premature contractions? Or premature labor? Premature labor is treated with Nifedipine (procardia). Real premature labor can't really be stopped by any agent for more than 24 - 48 hrs. Enough time to give steroids to the mother to accelerate fetal lung maturity. ...Read more

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How possible is preterm labor with very frequent braxton hicks at 30 weeks?

How possible is preterm labor with very frequent braxton hicks at 30 weeks?

Timing is everything: If the frequency of Braxton Hicks contractions with a timed shortened interval, then that is actual labor when it gets down to 5 to 7 minutes whereupon you cannot walk, talk, laugh or breathe ...Read more

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Pelvic pressuere at 23 weeks pregnant with history of preterm labor at 31 weeks?

Pelvic pressuere at 23 weeks pregnant with history of preterm labor at 31 weeks?

Pelvic pressure: The pelvic pressure from the developing pregnancy may be normal, but with your premature labor history, you MUST inform your OB MD. ...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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Do braxton hicks contractions cause your cervix to dilate?

No: The definition of braxton hicks contractions are false contractions but do not cause your cervix to dilate. If your cervix is dilating, they are real contractions. ...Read more

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Can premature labor and delivery cause infertility at 26 weeks with vaginal delivery?

Can premature labor and delivery cause infertility at 26 weeks with vaginal delivery?

SecondaryInfertility: A person who has one pregnancy and cannot get pregnant a 2nd time is usually not due to the previous 26 week delivery. An incompetent cervix means that the patient got pregnant again. A vigorous scraping at a d & c post partum can cause infertility. ...Read more

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How dangerous are labor epidurals?

How dangerous are labor epidurals?

Depends.: As far as the mother is concerned, pretty safe in good hands, other than a remote risk of chronic low back pain. As far as the fetus is concerned, early epidurals are associated with increased occiput posterior and cesarean sections, fever in labor and sepsis work-up in the nursery. Of course, the alternative (intravenous narcotics) is even worse for the fetus! ...Read more

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Braxtonn hicks will tylenol (acetaminophen) work ?

Braxtonn hicks will tylenol (acetaminophen) work ?

Don;t need to use: Braxton hicks contractions are common in pregnacy and you do not need to use any pain medications for them. Better for the baby not to use anything. ...Read more

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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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Could pineapple induce labor at 34 weeks?

Could pineapple induce labor at 34 weeks?

No: Pineapple does not induce labor. Food Poisoning or Urinary tract infections can give you some contractions and may lead you into preterm labor. ...Read more

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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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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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Is there a higher risk of preterm labor if I have high blood pressure?

Is there a higher risk of preterm labor if I have high blood pressure?

No: But you have a higher chance of preterm delivery because induction or c/s may become necc. For medical reasons. ...Read more

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What to do if I have blood as if i started my period but it didn't contiune. Could this be preterm labor?

Need more info: If this question is about bleeding during pregnancy: call your OB. A small amount of spotting can be normal in pregnancy, however if there is bleeding like a period or more or if there is associated cramping or pain this needs to be evaluated. Call your OB or go to labor and delivery if after hours ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the effects on a mother and baby when treated for preterm labor with terbutaline?

I was wondering what are the effects on a mother and baby when treated for preterm labor with terbutaline?

Rapid heart rate: Mom may experience a rapid heart beat which may cause changes in the baby 's heart rate as well. That is the most common change and is short lived if the medication is not continued. ...Read more

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What are the health risks going into preterm labor at 33 weeks. I will be having a baby boy and am high risk for preterm labor.

NICU stay: Under 36 weeks there is >50% chance a boy premi would end up with respiratory distress & need to spend time in a neonatal intensive care unit.This would involve oxygen & fluids pumped through iv's or tubes into the belly button.It might mean a mechanical ventilator to assist breathing. Eventual outcome > 33 wks is pretty good with good care but stay is usually > 10 days & complications do occur. ...Read more

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I'm high risk and i had vaginal cerclage but i still went into preterm labor and had him at 5 mos. Was the cerclage not places correctly?

I'm high risk and i had vaginal cerclage but i still went into preterm labor and had him at 5 mos. Was the cerclage not places correctly?

No: Cerclage only prevents cervical incompetence, not labor. A properly placed cerclage cannot prevent labor. A cerclage placed by any other surgeon would not have kept you pregnant longer than 5 months. I'm very sorry for your early delivery and the stress that must have caused. ...Read more

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I'm concerned with preterm labor...I'm almost 28 weeks, previous abdominoplasty, and have been experiencing tremendous backpain on lower right side ?

Be seen: Any pregnant woman concerned with preterm labor should be seen in labor and delivery. Back pain is the most common complaint in the third trimester of pregnancy. It is worth being placed on the monitor to rule out preterm contractions though. ...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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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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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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I have 2 preemies, what are my risks of preterm labor again?

Preterm birth: With a history of 2 preterm births, you are at hgh risk for another preterm birth and a candidate for 17-hydroxy Progesterone caproate injections. This is the only known therapy that can reduce your risk of another premature birth. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 32.weeks 1 centimeter dilated does this mean I can go into preterm labor?

Dilatation: It has little correlation to when you will go into labor. Many women, especially those who have delivered babies before, are dilated 1 or more cm their entire pregnancy. If your cervix where thinning and becoming more anterior and making changes with exams then this may indicate something. But for right now I would not worry, enjoy your pregnancy, enjoy the feeling of life inside. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Already been to the hospital for preterm labor 2x's 34+5 will i make it to my due date?

Early birth likely: If you have two episodes of pre-term labor already, you will likely deliver early, but within 3 weeks of your due date. If your cervix is already dilated, you will likely deliver even earlier. ...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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If i went into preterm labor due to dyhdration and stress at 20 weeks. Does that mean my body will most likely go into labor naturally when it's time?

Preterm labor: If you had a previous preterm 20 week delivery then this pregnancy would be considered high risk. Your doctor may want to start you on Progesterone injections. Depending on the circumstances of your 20 week loss they may consider a cerclage. A detailed obstetrical history is needed to provide guidance ...Read more

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How do I know the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and preterm labor?

How do I know the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and preterm labor?

Pain & frequency: True labor is generally painful, or at least associated with pelvic pressure and/or backache. True contractions come every 5-10 minutes, whereas false contractions of braxton-hicks come every 30 minutes. If in doubt, consult your obstetrician asap. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed terbutaline for my "comfort" i was not in preterm labor. I never dilated nor had any effacement. Why?

Not in labor: You likely didn't dilate because you weren't in preterm labor. There are no medications that will stop true preterm labor; the best we can do is slow things down to allow benefit of steroids to improve lung maturity. Current guidelines recommend against the use of medications beyond 48 hours for slowing contractions, there is no demonstrated benefit that justifies the risks of these medications. ...Read more

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I had m/c at 20w. It happened suddenly but was very painful. But before that i had much contractions. So was it preterm labor or incompetent cervix?

I had m/c at 20w. It happened suddenly but was very painful. But before that i had much contractions. So was it preterm labor or incompetent cervix?

I am sorry: Sorry to hear of your miscarriage. Without and exam, it would be tough to tell you if you had an incompetent cervix, vs whether or not it was pre-term labor. Miscarriages are unfortunately more common that you would have thought, until you have one and realize how many other couples had one too. I have personal friends who have had miscarriages and we never found out any definitive reasons.G-bless. ...Read more

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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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Early Onset Of Labor (Definition)

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