What is the treatment for preterm birth?

Tocolysis <34 weeks. Preterm births account for ~12% of all us births and are disproportionately responsible for morbidity and mortality among infants. When possible, the preterm labor episodes are arrested by tocolytics - i.e. Medications that relax the uterus to prolong the pregnancy safely until fetal maturity or by 34 weeks. Tocolytics include magnesium, nifedipine, Indomethacin and atosiban.
Preventing preterm? I am not too sure what you are asking, but assume you want to know what can be done to prevent preterm delivery. 36--40 wks = normal. Before 36, = preterm. Depending on cause of of preterm labor, treatments may consist of bed rest, medications, frequent monitoring by OB doc. Some even get their cervix "sewed-up, " but it is not that effective. If u have signs of such, consult doc asap. Good luck.

Related Questions

Why do people think a small baby is so cute when he had to struggle for his life since preterm birth? Should give sympathy.

Eye of the beholder. Babies cause a lot of different reactions in people. None of these reactions are "good" or "bad". A preterm baby can be "cute" just as any baby. The same holds true for children with disabilities. Yes, some children have had to overcome obstacles, but that doesn't mean we should always pity them rather than delight in them. Read more...

I took HGH until I was 15 yrs old (due to preterm birth) but I've always been unable to eat as much as other people. Is this why I remained shorter than my siblings and stagnate at 110 lbs?

Many possibilites. It could be your preterm birth, genetics, need for hgh (which doesn't totally duplicate normal hormone levels) or your intake. For now, if you want to gain weight, eat more and exercise. Since i don't know your height, i can tell you if you need to gain or not. Check w/your doctor. Read more...
Growth hormone. I don'tsee any direct relation between prematurity and need for growth hormone. Gh can improve the initial growth but continued use can reduce the final height. Read more...

Can placenta prevera lead to a preterm birth?

Yes. If preterm labor begins & the placenta tears because of its odd location the resulting bleeding may require an urgent delivery. There are more than one form of previa. A simple form just has the placenta on the wall near the outlet. A complete previa has it totally covering the outlet. If no preterm labor occurs, you may carry to term, but surgical delivery is pretty standard. Read more...
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...

How long does it take for a child with preterm birth to catch up in his social development?

Motor skills. The common developmental charts are dominated by motor skills early. Since these are based on nervous system maturity, it is only fair to a premi to base expectations on their conceptual age rather than time of birth. This means we adjust expectations by however weeks they were early. After 18 mo or so they are generally doing everything the same. Read more...
Multiple factors. A premature infant's development is assessed by corrected age. 40 weeks minus the gestational age at birth yields the number of weeks to subtract from an infant's chronological age at the time of the assessment till age 2. An 8-month-old infant born 12 weeks early is tested as if he were 5 months old. It's hard for some parents to let their nicu grads develop pro-social and coping skills. Read more...

Can I have preterm birth and my baby can die from periodontal disease?

Absolutely not! Periodontal disease is not associated with prematurity. Preterm infants have no dentition to be plagued with periodontal problems. Read more...
Yes. Periodontal disease in pregnant women has been linked to preterm or low birth weight babies. Be sure to receive hygiene care during your pregnancy. Read more...
Yes. A mother with periodontal disease is at increased risk of having a pre-term low birth weight baby. This is documented and the consensus. Obviously a baby can die from being pre-term and low birthweight but the degree to which this may be a result only of periodontitis can be difficult to determine and is unlikely. Obviously a newborn cannot have periodontal disease themselves. Read more...

What can I do if I have a history of preterm birth?

Professional care. Pay attention to your health. Eat well, stay in shape (exercise), and take recommended supplements like a complete vitamin & mineral supplement. For the supplement pay special attention to frolic acid (folate) and iron; 2000 iu of vitamin d daily might also be a good idea. Most importantly, be sure your pregnancy is monitored from early on by a qualified obstetrician. Read more...
Folate, (folic acid) progesterone. Preconceptional Folic Acid and supplemental Progesterone can prevent preterm birth recurrence safely and effectively. If you are one of the rare women with cervical incompetence, a cerclage could help you avoid recurrent preterm birth. Aspirin could also prevent preeclmapsia and fetal growth restriction and thus prevent indicated preterm birth. Maintain low stress and normal weight for your height. Read more...

If I have had a previous preterm birth, does that mean I will have another one?

Increased risk. Your risk is higher than normal. Depending on the circumstances of the previous birth, you should ask your doctor about Progesterone injections to help decrease your risk. Read more...
Depends on the reaso. Reason , but it means u are more at risk for one but you should be watched closely and your OB or peri- natologist will be checking your cervical length closely and monitoring u cause now you can get on im progesterone- fda approved to prevent premature labor, but speak with your OB before u get preg so u can get an idea of the plan. Read more...

I am 18 weeks and feel pelvic pressure from time to time I previously had a preterm birth should I be concerned.

. This could very well be braxton hicks- false labor pains as you are into your second trimester, but if you have had a preterm delivery in the past and you don't know the exact reason why, better to consider this a high risk pregnancy and get to your OB with any signs of labor. Read more...