Preterm Labor

Preterm labor is labor that starts before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy. Labor is when the uterus regularly tightens and the cervix starts to thin and open. This lets the baby (fetus) enter the birth canal. Most women who have preterm labor have no known risk factors. But some things raise a woman's risk for preterm labor.

Preterm labor needs medical attention right away. If you're not hospitalized, you might need to schedule weekly or more-frequent visits with your health care provider so that he/she can monitor signs and symptoms of preterm labor.
  • Symptoms
  • Abdominal pain

    • Crampy

    • Lower, Around the belly button

    • Rapidly developing

    common

    Tightening of the muscles of the uterus

    • Frequent

    • Painful

    common

    Back pain

    • Lower

    common

    Strange fluid coming out of vagina other than blood

    • Pink, Colorless

    • Mucus

    common

    Blood from vagina not from period

    • Pink

    common

  • Risk factors
  • Pregnant

    • After 20 weeks

    • Less than 37 weeks

    Recent pelvic injury or trauma

    Infection in any part of urinary system

    Diabetes mellitus

    or Smoking

    or High blood pressure disease

    or Drug or substance abuse

  • Treatment
  • Once you're in labor, there are no medications or surgical procedures to stop labor, other than temporarily. However, your doctor might recommend the following medications: Corticosteroids. Magnesium sulfate. Tocolytics.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Preterm Labor, then visit an obstetrician-gynecologist as soon as possible.

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