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Old February 23rd, 2009, 02:51 PM   #1
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Signs of PreTerm Labor

What you need to know:
Preterm labor is labor that occurs before your 37th week of pregnancy. (Most pregnancies last 38-42 weeks; your due date is 40 weeks after the first day of your last menstrual period.)

Preterm labor can happen to any woman: Only about half the women who have preterm labor fall into any known risk group. About 12 percent of births (1 in 8) in the United States are preterm. Babies who are born preterm are at higher risk of needing hospitalization, having long-term health problems and of dying than babies born at the right time.

Three groups of women are at greatest risk of preterm labor and birth:
Women who have had a previous preterm birth
Women who are pregnant with twins, triplets or more
Women with certain uterine or cervical abnormalities
Preterm labor may sometimes be stopped with a combination of medication and rest. More often, birth can be delayed just long enough to transport the woman to a hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and to give her a drug to help speed up her babyís lung development.

Treatment with a form of the hormone progesterone may help prevent premature birth in some women who have already had a premature baby.

What you can do:
Call your health care provider or go to the hospital right away if you think you are having preterm labor. The signs of preterm labor include:

Contractions (your abdomen tightens like a fist) every 10 minutes or more often
Change in vaginal discharge (leaking fluid or bleeding from your vagina)
Pelvic pressureóthe feeling that your baby is pushing down
Low, dull backache
Cramps that feel like your period
Abdominal cramps with or without diarrhea
Your provider may tell you to:

Come into the office or go to the hospital
Stop what you're doing. Rest on your left side for one hour
Drink 2-3 glasses of water or juice (not coffee or soda)
If the symptoms get worse or do not go away after one hour, call your health care provider again or go to the hospital. If the symptoms go away, relax for the rest of the day. If the symptoms stop but come back, call your health care provider again or go to the hospital.

You donít need to have all the symptoms to have preterm labor. Take action even if you have only one.


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Old February 23rd, 2009, 05:15 PM   #2
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Thank you for all this information.


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Old February 23rd, 2009, 06:31 PM   #3
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I had preterm with dd. That info is 100% correct and catching it early allows time to try to stop it or at least get the steroids a chance to work. Those shots hurt!


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Old February 23rd, 2009, 10:36 PM   #4
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definitely good info to share! Nikki, you are a perfect example of how preterm labor can be stopped and baby makes it to full term!


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Old February 24th, 2009, 09:46 AM   #5
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Jen, the steroid shots didn't really hurt to me. Did you have yours in your hips?

thanks for the info Nikki!


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Old February 26th, 2009, 06:26 AM   #6
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I always went to the website to read this during my preterm labor issues and found it helpful that's why I copied and pasted it here!


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Old February 26th, 2009, 10:27 AM   #7
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Those shots do hurt - they stick them right in the hip and it makes the muscles in your leg tighten up and jerk.


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Old February 26th, 2009, 02:49 PM   #8
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hmm... I wonder why mine didn't really hurt that badly? I mean, I had them both in my hips.


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