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If I start having contractions before 34 weeks, can progesterone delay the birth?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: No

There are lots of news stories out now about the use of Progesterone to prevent preterm delivery.
It is started in the 2nd trimester in women with a previous preterm delivery. It does not work to stop preterm labor in someone currently experiencing it.

In brief: No

There are lots of news stories out now about the use of Progesterone to prevent preterm delivery.
It is started in the 2nd trimester in women with a previous preterm delivery. It does not work to stop preterm labor in someone currently experiencing it.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Progesterone is used for prevention of preterm labor in a limited group of women.
The only situation in which it has been found to be successful is in women with a history of preterm birth who are currently pregnant with just 1 baby. It should be started between 16-20 weeks. Contractions are normal up to 6/hr after 34 weeks. Decreasing activity may help to decrease their frequency or pain.

In brief: No

Progesterone is used for prevention of preterm labor in a limited group of women.
The only situation in which it has been found to be successful is in women with a history of preterm birth who are currently pregnant with just 1 baby. It should be started between 16-20 weeks. Contractions are normal up to 6/hr after 34 weeks. Decreasing activity may help to decrease their frequency or pain.
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Dr. Sheila Goodman
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