What are signs that tell them to try to stop preterm labor?

Preterm labor. Signs of preterm labor include a change in vaginal discharge, spotting or light bleeding, and presence of uterine contractions. Uterine contractions can be felt as a hardening of the uterus. If these occur you should call your doctor.

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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...

How do doctors stop preterm labor?

Several treatments. They're are a few medications that have been helpful to at least temporarily stop preterm contractions: magnesium sulfate, Procardia (nifedipine) and Indocin are some of the meds used. Most meds will not prevent preterm delivery but will hopefully postpone it a bit...At least long enough to get steroids into the mom to help baby's lungs mature. Read more...
Medications . There are several medications that can be used for this. Iv fluid hydration can be helpful. Sedation and pain medications are sometimes used. Bed rest is sometimes recommended. Read more...

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...
RDS, infection . At 34 wks about half the kids need oxygen to treat respiratory distress syndrome and some will go on a ventilator. Males are more affected than females. Any respiratory distress will begin the risks of nicu care, with IV lines, antibiotics, arterial catheters & more. At 34 wks the survival rate is very good, barring a stroke or other complication of care, but the womb is the best place for a 34 wk. Read more...

My doc said he will not stop preterm labor at 34wks. Having very freq. But non reg. Contractions and cramps. What should I do since he wont stop labor?

Your doc knows you. Your doc has been following you all along and knows when it is safer for you to have the baby. As i said earlier, 34 wks is a good age and baby will do well. So, if your doc is saying it is ok, i would follow his/her recommendation/care. Good luck to you. Read more...
Seek care for pain. Your doctor may not want to stop your contractions (and rightfully so if you are past 34 weeks), but (s)he is still responsible to you for pain control and monitoring of fetal well-being. I would recommend you are hospitalized for at least a few days to assure that both you and the fetus are in good shape. Read more...