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What is considered a preterm labor?
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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
10 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Painful contractions
Regular and painful contractions before 37 weeks of pregnancy that result in cervical changes.

In brief: Painful contractions
Regular and painful contractions before 37 weeks of pregnancy that result in cervical changes.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Neeoo Chin
Dr. Neeoo Chin
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