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Are there treatments that might be used if I go into preterm labor?
We do know some things that make a woman more likely than others to have preterm labor and birth. Possible risk factors for preterm labor and giving birth early are:
- Having had a premature baby in the past.
- Being pregnant with multiples (twins, triplets, or more).
- Having current or past problems with your uterus or cervix.
- Advanced maternal age (over age 35).
- Usage of cigarettes, alcohol, or drugs during pregnancy
- Maternal health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or obesity.
Signs of preterm labor
Signs of preterm labor are often the same as regular labor, only they happen too early. Call your provider if you have even one of these signs before 37 weeks:
- Contractions that make your belly tighten up like a fist every 10 minutes or more often. Contractions are when the muscles of your uterus get tight and then relax. They help push your baby out of your uterus.
- Change in the color of your vaginal discharge, a lot of watery discharge, or bleeding from your vagina.
- The feeling that your baby is pushing down. This is called pelvic pressure.
- Low, dull backache.
- Cramps that feel like your period.
- Belly cramps with or without diarrhea.
- If the signs get worse or don’t go away, call your provider again or go right to the hospital.
Getting help quickly is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of your baby.