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 ...
Vaginal Exam for Preterm Labor
If you have symptoms of preterm labor, your doctor or nurse - midwife will examine you by feeling your cervix. If your contractions continue over a period of hours, you may be examined periodically to see whether your cervix is opening (dilating) or thinning (effacing).These exams allow your health professional to:Determine how much your cervix has opened (dilated) and thinned. Determine how far .
Cervical Cerclage to Prevent Preterm Delivery
Cervical cerclage is the placement of stitches in the cervix to hold it closed. In select cases, this procedure is used to prevent early opening of a weak cervix (incompetent cervix), a rare cause of preterm labor and delivery.
Preterm Labor - Topic Overview
Information on preterm labor (premature labor).
Indomethacin for Slowing Preterm Labor
Drug details for Indomethacin for slowing preterm labor.
Preterm Labor: Testing for Fetal Fibronectin - Topic Overview
During pregnancy,a uterine infection causes inflammation,which can trigger preterm labor. This inflammation can also stimulate the amnion cells to produce fetal fibronectin,a protein. Fetal fibronectin testing is sometimes done when preterm labor symptoms are present. When the fetal fibronectin test is negative,it is unlikely that you are having preterm labor. But even if the test is ...
Gestational Diabetes - Other Treatment
All pregnant women need to take prenatal vitamins. If you want to take other types of vitamins, talk with your doctor. Do not take more of any vitamin than would be found in the approved prenatal vitamins. ...