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What is premature labor?

What is premature labor?

LABOR BEFORE IT IS: Due, which means before the 40th week after fertilization. ...Read more

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


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What can you tell me about premature labor?

What can you tell me about premature labor?

Premature labor: Preterm labor is labor that happens too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Preterm labor can lead to premature birth. This means your baby is born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Babies born this early can face serious health problems. About 1 in 10 babies is born prematurely each year in this country. http://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/preterm-labor-and-premature-birth.aspx ...Read more

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Preparing for Labor and Delivery (Checklist)

Watch for signs of labor, such as increasing contractions or fluid leakages
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If the baby is not moving, do kick counts, and keep in mind that you should feel 10 in two hours
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Call your doctor with any questions or concerns
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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 signs and symptoms of premature labor?

What are signs and symptoms of premature labor?

What did your OB say: You should be asking your ob, fi you have any concerns, there can be many, pains of the uterus which are contarctions that come and go, back pain that comes and goes, increased vaginal pressure or discharge, if you have concerns call your OB doc anytime so u can be assessed to r/o this instead of not calling and possibly have it missed so call your ob. ...Read more

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I am 20 weeks and 1 day and I have been having thick off white sweet smelling discharge is this normal? I am at risk of premature labor.

I am 20 weeks and 1 day and I have been having thick off white sweet smelling discharge is this normal? I am at risk of premature labor.

See Ob/Gyn!: If you are experiencing vaginal discharge during pregnancy you should be examined by your obstetrician to determine the optimal course of action. Asymptomatic bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis need not be treated during pregnancy for fear of increasing preterm birth risk, however symptomatic vaginal infections should be treated to relieve the mother. Progesterone may be helpful if ur hi-risk. ...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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Went I to preterm labor at 32w. Able to stop it. I'm 35+2 and 2cm dilated. Is there a chance to have this baby early too?

Went I to preterm labor at 32w. Able to stop it. I'm 35+2 and 2cm dilated. Is there a chance to have this baby early too?

Possible: It is still possible to go into early labor. But at this time the likelihood of having a safe delivery and healthy baby are higher. Follow you doctor's instructions closely and you may be able to postpone delivery longer. Best wishes and congratulations! ...Read more

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Can stress or panic attack cause premature labor?

Can stress or panic attack cause premature labor?

I am not sure: If it can cause premature labor, but it is probably not good for a prenant woman to be stressed to the degree of having panic attacks. If you are nervous, call a psychologist and learn some relaxation techniques in addition to discussing the issues that are leading to your stress. It is better for both you and your baby. Take care of yourself and let us know how you are doing. ...Read more

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How safe is it to have rough sex if you are 28weeks pregnant with a baby that has gastroschisis? Is it possible to cause premature labor if too much?

How safe is it to have rough sex if you are 28weeks pregnant with a baby that has gastroschisis? Is it possible to cause premature labor if too much?

Rough sex: "rough sex" is a variable term, and depending on extent could be damaging even if not pregnant. Gastroschisis is considered a high-risk pregnancy in many hospitals and requires careful monitoring. http://tinyurl.com/kfat7ap sex during pregnancy is generally safe, but i suggest speaking very frankly with your high risk OB doctor so that you're both clear about the kind of activities you mean. ...Read more

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Will the strain of lifting weights cause premature labor?

Will the strain of lifting weights cause premature labor?

Unlikely: If you do not have a history of premature delivery then lifting weights generally does not cause premature delivery. It can however cause back problems or pulled muscles. I recommend not repeatedly lifting anything more than thirty pounds during the third trimester. ...Read more

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Premature labor, endometritis, pelvic abscess. Can I have another baby later?

Premature labor, endometritis, pelvic abscess. Can I have another baby later?

Yes - but..: You may have pelvic adhesive disease and scarred endometrium. These could increase the risk of infertility and ectopic pregnancy or even miscarriage and preterm birth in future pregnancies. See an infertility specialist if unsuccessful in getting pregnant after 3-6 months and a maternal-fetal specialist if successful. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily and best of luck! ...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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32 soon to be 33weeks pregnant. I'm dilated to 1cm and really thinned out. Does that mean i'm delivering early? I've had premature labor twice.

Keep ur OB informed: You should keep in close contact with your OB & know when to go in to be evaluated.Early labor can often be stopped & prevent the serious consequences of premature delivery. At 32-33 wks, baby has > 50% chance of premature lung disease & a long stay in the nicu.Follow doc instructions as given, the longer you hold on the better. ...Read more

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Had preterm labor at 21weeks due to water broke early, don't know the cause, loss baby.What are the chances for it to happen again if pregnant?

Asking your OB: I would ask this question of your ob. They will have experience examining you and know all of your test results, things that none of us here know about you. Any answer we give you here will be pure speculation. ...Read more

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What causes smooth muscle contraction and possibly premature labor?

What causes smooth muscle contraction and possibly premature labor?

Three main reasons: 1.) Intrauterine infection 2) Incompetent cervix 3.)A premature drop in hormones causing labor initiation. Of course, there are many more reasons. ...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

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


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