Preterm Labor and Short Cervix - Topic Overview
During pregnancy,the cervix is a closed and sealed tunnel between the uterus and the vagina. Before or during labor and delivery,the cervix stretches and flattens ( effacement ). At 24 weeks of pregnancy,the average cervix is about 35 mm (1.4 in.) long. 1 Using ultrasound imaging,researchers have found that at the end of the second trimester (about 24 weeks),the shorter a woman's cervical ...
Bed Rest for Preterm Labor - Topic Overview
Expectant management is the close monitoring of a pregnancy for complications. It may involve some bed rest at home or in the hospital. Being on expectant management may mean you are advised to stop working,reduce your activity level,or possibly spend a lot of time resting (partial bed rest). There is no evidence that long-term bed rest lowers the risk of preterm delivery. 1 Studies have ...
Magnesium Sulfate for Preterm Labor
Drug details for Magnesium sulfate for preterm labor.
Preterm Labor - Treatment Overview
An overview of treatment for preterm labor (premature labor).
Preterm Labor - When To Call a Doctor
Preterm labor can be difficult to recognize. Get the earliest possible medical care for preterm labor by calling your health professional about signs of possible preterm labor.
Preterm Labor - Home Treatment
Learn about activities to avoid if preterm labor symptoms start.
Preterm Labor - Cause
Preterm labor can be caused by a problem involving the fetus, the mother, or both. A combination of several factors is often responsible.
Nifedipine for Preterm Labor
Drug details for Nifedipine for preterm labor.
Antenatal Corticosteroids for Fetal Lung Development
Drug details for Antenatal corticosteroids for fetal lung development.
Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes (pPROM) - Topic Overview
Before a baby is born,the amniotic sac breaks open,causing amniotic fluid to gush out or,less commonly,to slowly leak. When this happens before contractions start,it is called premature rupture of membranes (PROM). PROM can occur at any time during pregnancy. When PROM occurs before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy,it usually leads to preterm labor. You may hear this early PROM referred ...