What exactly is pelvic rest and how successful is it for preterm labor?

No intercourse. It means to avoid anything per vaginam (including sex, tampons, douche, or other devices). It is generally recommended when someone is at risk for bleeding (e.g. From placenta/vasa previa) or preterm labor. It is a common sense approach with not solid evidence of efficacy behind it, however it costs little/nothing and makes sense. Prostaglandins and trauma during sex can trigger labor.

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Why do they hospitalize you and put you on bedrest for possible preterm labor when you could be resting at home?

Preterm labor. Bedrest doesn't prevent preterm labor in the hospital or at home. However, if the woman has advanced cervical dilatation, keeping her in the hospital ensures a safer delivery. Read more...

I'm 20 weeks preg. W/my last baby had preterm labor from 28 weeks on that began w/ pelvic pressure. I am again feeling a lot. Am I in preterm labor again?

Possibly. Having had an early, preterm delivery (ptd) w/ your last pregnancy, you are @ increased risk of having another ptd. Sometimes pressure is what heralds pt labor. You should alert your ob. Also, i would be following the length of your cervix; offering you Progesterone injections since 16wks; doing a test called fetal fibronectin beginning at 22wks. Read more...

30 weeks preg. Feel alot of pressure n sharp pains in pelvic area lots of tighting of stomach. Felt baby drop. Is this preterm labor?

Possible. That should be ruled out--either with a trip to your hospital, or to your doctor's office ASAP. Usually preterm labor is associated with painful uterine contractions coming every 5-10 minutes, or bleeding, or leakage of fluids from the vagina. Read more...
Maybe. I would be worried about preterm labor. If you feel the tightening more than once every ten minutes, I would recommend getting evaluated right away. Also if you have any leaking of fluid or vaginal bleeding, get checked out right away. You can try to drink some water and see if that stops the contractions. Either way, I would recommend talking to your OB. . Read more...