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Previous Premature Delivery (Overview)

Previous premature delivery (before 38 weeks) is a past birth taking place more than 2 weeks before the estimated due date.


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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

Previous Premature Delivery (Overview)

Previous premature delivery (before 38 weeks) is a past birth taking place more than 2 weeks before the estimated due date.


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Preparing for Labor and Delivery (Checklist)

Watch for signs of labor - increasing contractions or fluid leakage
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If baby isn't moving, do kick counts. Should feel 10 in 2 hours or 5 in 1.
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Call your doc with any questions or concerns
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Does the povider offer vbac (vaginal birth after previous cessarean section)?

Does the povider offer vbac (vaginal birth after previous cessarean section)?

No: Due to a combination of hospital policies and practicing at several hospitals in the community our practice does not feel that we can currently provide for vbac or tolac safely at this time. This may change in the future. ...Read more

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Is autism resulting from complications during delivery?

Is autism resulting from complications during delivery?

Not likely: Although the causes for autism are still being discovered and likely involve a combination of factors, complications during delivery/birth, while being a risk factor for many other problems, do not seem to be a major contributor or risk for autism specifically. ...Read more

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Had countless prenatal sonos. Can congenital heart defect be undetected before birth?

Had countless prenatal sonos. Can congenital heart defect be undetected before birth?

Sure..: Unfortunately, the prenatal ultrasound detection rate for fetal cardiac defects is variable between 15-70% among centers, with the largest ones having the best results. As you can tell, short of having a fetal echo, the routine prenatal ultrasound (or even a comprehensive/targeted one) can miss even major cardiac defects in 30-85% of cases.. Take Folic Acid to prevent heart defects in you fetus! ...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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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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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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Will induced labor affect future pregnancies?

Will induced labor affect future pregnancies?

No: If All goes well with the labor simply inducing labor will not impact future labors ...Read more

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Can placenta prevera lead to a preterm birth?

Can placenta prevera lead to a preterm birth?

It can: Placenta previa means that the placenta is blocking to cervix, which is the opening from the uterus to the vagina. If the cervix starts to open, heavy bleeding can occur, making it necessary to deliver early to protect mom's health. To reduce the risk of life-threatening bleeding, doctors may deliver early. ...Read more

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What causes premature birth?

What causes premature birth?

No one thing: In America about 12% of women deliver prematurely (before 37 weeks). Sometimes there is an obvious reason like infection, abruption, premature membrane rupture, trauma, history of premature delivery, multiple gestation (twins, triplets), etc. However, the majority of preterm deliveries do not have an obvious cause, and we never know why. ...Read more

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After 2 births(vag), I had 2 retained placentas, 2 postpartum hemmorhage 2nd labor precipitous (2hr) Is induction or csection safer to manage nextime

May be: Since the likelihood of such complications increase with subsequent pregnancies, your OB might suggest you to deliver at a predictable time. ...Read more

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Anterior placenta previa with placental lake seen at 28w ultrasound, 2 D&Cs & no c-section hx. Any risk of placenta accreta? Best time to deliver?

Anterior placenta previa with placental lake seen at 28w ultrasound, 2 D&Cs & no c-section hx. Any risk of placenta accreta? Best time to deliver?

Placenta Previa: Placenta previa occurs when the placenta is covering the opening of the cervix. Vaginal delivery is possible in mild cases of previa. Placenta accreta is a different condition where the placenta gets "stuck" to the uterus. While the risk of accreta increases when you have previa, that risk is low if you have never had a c-section before. Follow-up with your obstetrician regarding delivery dates. ...Read more

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Could uterine scarring from a previous c-section effect future pregnancies?

Could uterine scarring from a previous c-section effect future pregnancies?

Absolutely: Make sure you share you history of a c-section with your obstetrician or midwife. It can possibly affect your pregnancy, & will certainly affect your delivery. Many women do deliver after c-section with the right care if the incision was of the right type. It is a good idea to get a copy of the operative report for your c-section so that if you go into labor without warning you will have it. ...Read more

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What is the incidence of mixed delivery (one twin delivered vaginally, one twin delivered via c-section)?

What is the incidence of mixed delivery (one twin delivered vaginally, one twin delivered via c-section)?

About 4% but rising: The most common reasons for c section of a second twin are heart rate problems and the baby coming down in a position other than head first. Many doctors used to be willing to deliver a second twin either butt first or by the feet, but few still have much experience in doing this. There is also a risk of injury to the nerves of the arm or learning disability in any baby that is born breech. ...Read more

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Has anyone here treated retained placenta after delivery?

Yes: Probably anyone who has delivered a baby has had a case of retained placenta. ...Read more

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What causes women to deliver prematurely?

What causes women to deliver prematurely?

Usually unknown: Some premature deliveries are due to factors such as membrane rupture, uterine infection, incompetent cervix, etc. However, most of the premature deliveries we see are not due to any obvious reason. ...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. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Premature Delivery (Definition)

Premature delivery is birth prior to the 37th ...Read more