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.

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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...

What are signs and symptoms of preterm labor?

What did your OB doc. Say this is a ? U should be directing to your health care provider , just like i expalin all of this to my OB pts. Some are contartcions, pains in teh uterus , increase discahrge, etc. If u are worried u need to call your provider now to be evaluated as u do not want to catch taht too late. Read more...

I've had most of the signs of preterm labor, could I be going into preterm labor?

Need Exam. The only way to check or rule out preterm labor is with monitoring & exam. See your OB for evaluation and ffn testing. This will help screen you for risks of cervical softening or change. Take care. Read more...

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. Read more...

How can I avoid preterm labor?

Complicated Question. Avoid preterm labor by concentrating on modifiable risk factors such as smoking, drug use, malnutrition. Unfortunately, most risk factors for preterm birth are non-modifiable. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors. Options if you are at increased risk include cervical length measurements, fetal fibronectin, Progesterone treatments, hydration, bedrest. Tocolytics may help if you are symptomatic and at risk of imminent delivery. Read more...
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...
Preterm labor med. Women who have experienced preterm delivery (less than 37 weeks) are candidates for treatment with weekly injections of 17 hydroxyprogesterone caproate. This drug is the only medication currently approved for the prevention of preterm labor. It is given as weekly injections, starting at about 16 weeks through 36 weeks. Read more...

What is considered a preterm labor?

Yes. Preterm labor is when the uterus starts regular contractions and tries to deliver the baby before 37 weeks of pregnancy. 1 in 8-10 pregnancies are born preterm, which may cause cause problems with the baby. Read more...
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...

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...

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...