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Does working long hours increase the risk of preterm labor?

Does working long hours increase the risk of preterm labor?

Not necessarily: Depending on your physical shape, and the nature of your work, it may not be risky. Ask your doctor at your next visit. The human race got here with much more physical activity than we typically do today.... ...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


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I have 2 preemies, what are my risks of preterm labor again?

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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What factors affect or increase the risk of preterm labor with triplets? E.G. Weight, age, etc

Triplets: The biggest risk factor for preterm delivery with triplets is - having triplets. I'm not a maternal-fetal specialist, but as an rei I've seen this alot - the main risk factor is the triplet; age, weight, etc, contribute a very small risk above and beyond. ...Read more

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Why are steroids given to women at risk for preterm labor?

Why are steroids given to women at risk for preterm labor?

For baby's lungs: Steroids given to a woman if she is suspected of going into labor prematurely is to help with the development of her baby's lungs, which are among the last organs to develop. By doing so, it can help prevent complications in the baby after delivery and hopefully prevent or shorten NICU stays. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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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 more

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Does fish oil reduce the risk of preterm labor?

Does fish oil reduce the risk of preterm labor?

Nope.: Unfortunately, trials of nutritional supplementation to improve perinatal outcomes have pretty consistently failed to show any measurable improvement and some have even suggested there may be some risk. Fish oil supplements are no different - they may help the fetal brain, but have no effect of preterm birth rates. Consume 1-2 serving of fish low in methylmercury (i.e. Not predatory/large) weekly. ...Read more

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Can lack of sleep increase your risk of preterm labor?

Not typically: Increased amounts of rest in pregnancy is important. Rest improves uterine perfusion for the fetus and allows your body to recover over the course of the day. Overall, good hydration and nutrition play an important role in all pregnancies. However, difficulty sleeping can be a common complaint in pregnancy. ...Read more

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What can happen if your at high risk of preterm labor and have sex?

What can happen if your at high risk of preterm labor and have sex?

Contractions: Intercourse can stimulate contractions. If you are at risk for preterm birth, I would discuss with your ob/gyn before having sex to see if it is ok or not. ...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 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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TVS measured cervical length [email protected] to [email protected], fFN+, cramping/backache, spotting. Normal shortening of CL? What's the risk of preterm labor?

TVS measured cervical length 56mm@20wks to 38mm@27wks, fFN+, cramping/backache, spotting. Normal shortening of CL? What's the risk of preterm labor?

Very real risk: The positive fetal fibronectin suggests that the risk is very real and treatment to prevent/stop preterm labor +/- steroids to hasten lung maturity should be considered based on your particular case. If one is available I would guess your OB wants to consult a maternal-fetal medicine specialist (a doctor who specializes in high risk pregnancies). Best wishes to you and the baby. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is 3cm a normal cervical length for 21 weeks pregnant? What is the risk of preterm labor?

Yes: We don't worry about cervical shortening until less than 2.5cm. Your doctor may want to increase surveillance of your cervix meaning more ultrasounds. Risk for preterm labor is previous history of preterm labor. Hopefully it stays nice and long! ...Read more

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If you're pregnant with twins, does working long hours increase your risk for preterm labor? Is it recommended to stop working?

If you're pregnant with twins, does working long hours increase your risk for preterm labor? Is it recommended to stop working?

It depends: Twins predisposes you to a risk of preterm labor. We typically follow twins with cervical ultrasounds to measure the cervical length. The shorter the cervix, the greater the risk of ptl. If you have a short cx, then yes, we typically restrict a persons work. If the cervix is normal in length, then many women maintain their activity level. ...Read more

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How do I treat acute bronchitis during pregnancy (17 wks)? How long it usu takes to recover? Does prolonged bronchitis increase risk of preterm labor?

How do I treat acute bronchitis during pregnancy (17 wks)? How long it usu takes to recover? Does prolonged bronchitis increase risk of preterm labor?

Try homeopathy: Western medicine has no proven treatments for bronchitis (antibiotics work no better than placebo). I have had great success treating bronchitis with homeopathy, which is very safe in pregnancy. For best results see a professional homeopath, but you could try one of these: http://tinyurl. Com/pztnvx8
Pelargonium sidoides is a herb proven to help but its safety in pregnancy has not been studied. ...Read more

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Will a yeast infection go away on its own? I'm 30 weeks pregnant and high risk for preterm labor.

I am concerned: You are 30 weeks and high risk, you need to be comfortable sending any and all questions to your doctor or midwife. This is a good question here but a risk this is not yeast. Any uncertainty is unacceptable in your situation. If anyone at the other end of the phone acts annoyed with your questions that is their problem, not yours. Call all questions in to your provider from here on out! Good luck. ...Read more

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If I am at risk for preterm labor (twin pregnancy, lots of bh contractions, 2 CM cervix, 1 CM dilation, positive ffn), what can I do to lower my risk?

If I am at risk for preterm labor (twin pregnancy, lots of bh contractions, 2 CM cervix, 1 CM dilation, positive ffn), what can I do to lower my risk?

MFM care.: Depending on your gestational age maternal-fetal medicine consultation will help you and the babies achieve the optimal perinatal outcome. Pessary apparently may help prevent twin preterm birth, but pretty much nothing else helps. Please see an mfm to assess chorionicity and possibility of ttts/ops. Steroids and short term tocolysis (magnesium sulfate for 48 hours) help and should be considered! ...Read more

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30 weeks pregnant high risk for preterm labor and have been put on strict bed rest. Can I use at home treatment for a yeast infection?

30 weeks pregnant high risk for preterm labor and have been put on strict bed rest. Can I use at home treatment for a yeast infection?

Call your Doctor: You are 30 weeks and high risk, you need to be comfortable sending any and all questions to your doctor or midwife. This is a good question here but a risk this is not yeast. Any uncertainty is unacceptable in your situation. If anyone at the other end of the phone acts annoyed with your questions that is their problem, not yours. Call all questions in to your provider from here on out! Good luck. ...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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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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I'm 33 weeks pregnant and an having the same problems as this woman with diarrhea with cramps and I'm 41 years old and high risk is this preterm labor?

I'm 33 weeks pregnant and an having the same problems as this woman with diarrhea with cramps and I'm 41 years old and high risk is this preterm labor?

I don't know who...: ...this woman with diarrhea & cramps is, but that's important. What is important is that you have a high risk pregnancy. One of the risks is preterm labor. Please se your OB immediately. If s/he isn't available, please go to an emergency room. I wish you the best! Dr. Anne. ...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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What are signs of preterm labor?

Cramping/Contraction: Cramping and contractions are common. Additional signs that can signify preterm labor include rhythmic back pain or pelvic pressure, change in vaginal discharge, bleeding or spotting, large gush of amniotic fluid. In any case where preterm labor is suspected the pregnant woman should seek immediate care from her OB provider or local OB facility. ...Read more

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What is considered a preterm labor?

Uterus+cervix change: Labor is the presence of regular contractions plus change in the cervix. When labor occurs before term, or 37 completed weeks of gestation, then it is considered preterm labor. If born too early, the premature newborn faces some problems like difficulty breathing, poor resistance to infection, bleeding in the head, etc. An OB expert needs to evaluate all cases and determine whether to try to stop. ...Read more

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What are the signs of preterm labor?

What are the signs of preterm labor?

Contractions, other: Contractions with cervical change before term define preterm labor. They can be mild or irregular, accompanied by discharge, back pain, etc. If preterm, especially with risk factors (eg, twins, diabetes), it is always appropriate to call OB or go to labor & delivery asap. An evaluation by physician is needed. Sometimes a transfer to a perinatal center is required, and it can take time to mobilize. ...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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What happens if I go into preterm labor?

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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How to tell if I am going into preterm labor?

Preterm labor: The best way to tell, is by a cervical check and toco monitoring. This can be performed in the doctors office or in the hospital. ...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

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


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