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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Preterm Labor

Are you worried about giving birth early? Get all the info you need to know about the signs of preterm labor and how to avoid it.

What can I do to prevent preterm labor?

The most important thing is to make sure you’re having the healthiest pregnancy possible -- that means getting regular prenatal care, eating a healthy diet, managing conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, avoiding smoking and drinking, managing your stress, taking care of your teeth and asking your doctor about restricting sexual activity if you’re at a higher risk for preterm labor.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have polyhydramnios?

“I went in at my 28-week appointment and told them I felt a lot of pressure down there. I wasn’t sure if it was normal or not. They gave me an internal and then an ultrasound because my cervix was really short. I had a nonstress test, and it showed I was having contractions even though I couldn’t feel them. I was put on bed rest and made it to 36 weeks, when they induced me owing to intrauterine growth restriction.”

“I’ve been on bed rest the past two weeks because I went into preterm labor two weeks ago with my little guy. I felt a lot of pressure, and my contractions ended up being a minute apart. I had different discharge, and I just knew something was wrong. I could feel it.”

“With my last pregnancy, I went into labor at 28 weeks. I spent days in the hospital and was put on moderate bed rest for the remainder of the pregnancy. They were able to control the labor until 37 weeks, but I still had contractions just about daily. At 37 weeks, I was induced.”

Are there any other resources for preterm labor?

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Plus more from The Bump:

What to Expect During a Nonstress Test

The Symptoms of Preterm Labor

How to Avoid Preterm Labor

-- Ashley S. Roman, MD, ob-gyn and clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine

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