Preterm Labor - Home Treatment
preterm labor are warning signs. They do not
necessarily mean that you will have a preterm birth.
If you are less than 37 weeks pregnant and your uterus is
contracting more than usual, the following steps may stop your
- Drink 2 or 3 glasses of water or juice. Not having enough
liquids can cause contractions.
- Stop what you are doing, empty your bladder, and lie down on your
left side for at least 1 hour.
- Try to remember what you were doing when the symptoms started so
that you can avoid starting the contractions again later.
- If your contractions get worse during the hour, call your doctor
or nurse-midwife, or go to the hospital.
Although stress is not considered a direct cause of preterm
labor, do what you can to reduce stress in your life for your own good. Try to
do less, ask for help, and eat well.
If you have already been treated for preterm labor
If your contractions stop, you may be sent home from the hospital. Before
you are discharged, you should know:
- The symptoms of preterm labor, including lower pelvic ache or
backache, pressure, or cramps.
- What to do if preterm labor starts again, including
drinking fluids, resting, and calling your doctor if symptoms don't improve in
- When to call your doctor or nurse-midwife. See the When to Call
a Doctor section of this topic.