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Pyelonephritis Preterm Labor
Cramping/Contrations: Cramping and contractions are common. Tightening of the abdomen can also be noted. Rhythmic back pain, pevlic pressure, change in vaginal discharge, spotting or bleeding, or large gush of fluid can also be a sign. In any case where there is concern, the pregnant woman should seek immediate care with her OB provider or at an OB facility. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not the same: A premature rupture of membranes (also known as "PROM") means that your water breaks before you actually go into labor. If this happens for more than 12-18 hours before you go into labor, then yes, this is harmful for the baby. It could lead to an infection. This risk is even higher if you are GBS positive. If your water breaks prematurely, you should call your Ob/Gyn to discuss the game plan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I'm having a white mucus discharge and am scared I might have preterm labor to worry about?
Leukorrhea: Most pregnant women should have a thin white discharge called leukorrhea. Its not related to preterm labor. Repeat contraction like pains and often times spotting or bleeding are consistent with preterm labor. Discharge also thickens as it hits the dry air. If however your discharge has odor, see you OB this week to make sure no infection. ...Read more
Why do they hospitalize you and put you on bedrest for possible preterm labor when you could be resting at home?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you recommend if I had preterm labor at 29 weeks stopped dialated at 1.5. put on light duty. would I last to 40 weeks?
Who knows?: Most premature labor cessations resume prior to 38 weeks gestation. Not all of those patients continue through labor and deliver prematurely. ...Read more
I've had two bleeds within two days at 31wks first was like a menstrual flow second was heavier, 31wks now what's my chances of preterm labor?
See your Ob ASAP!: Bleeding heavily like this is worrisome for an abruption. Placental abruption is when the placenta begins to separate from the uterine wall. It can be fatal to the baby. The symptoms are bleeding and cramping. You need to see your Ob right away, if you haven't already done so. An abruption can mean you need an early delivery. Best wishes! ...Read more
Just dx'd with mild preeclampsia- I'm 28weeks. Does this put me at higher risk for preterm labor, or does it just mean I'll probably have to deliver?
Risk for preterm: For mild pre-eclampsia that begins before the baby is full-term (37 weeks) the typical treatment is admission to the hospital, with modified bed rest, low stimulation, fetal monitoring, and blood and urine tests. Steroid treatments to help your baby's lungs develop. If you remain stable, you may be able to wait to deliver until you're full-term. Your doctor will develop a plan that's right for you ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I am most likely certain I will be having a C-section with my boys. I have a few questions. how does preterm labor feel as to real 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers