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Q&A: Avoiding preterm labor?

Is there anything I can do to reduce my risk of preterm labor?

Re: Is there anything I can do to reduce my risk of preterm labor?

The Bump Expert

Preterm birth affects approximately 12% of pregnancies in the United States, and 80% of these are due to preterm labor or preterm premature rupture of membranes (breaking your water early). Although preterm birth (delivery before week 37) can't always be prevented, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk.

First, get to know the symptoms -- if you catch them early and get to the doctor, actual delivery might be avoided. Look for contractions occurring at least four times in an hour, lower back pain, pelvic pressure, blood-tinged vaginal discharge, menstrual-like cramping or diarrhea. Pay special attention if you have an incompetent cervix, experienced vaginal bleeding in the second or third trimester, or are carrying multiples, underweight, a smoker or under age 20 or over 35. (All these factors increase your risk.)

To guard against preterm labor, begin prenatal care early, be consistent with doctor appointments throughout your pregnancy, maintain a healthy pregnancy weight, stay hydrated, avoid smoking or substance use, contact your doctor at the start of any illness or infection and manage your stress levels.

During pregnancy, your number one priority is taking extremely good care of yourself -- treat it like a job. And, don’t ever feel embarrassed about calling your doctor if you think you're going into labor early -- a false alarm is still cause for action.

Dr. Ashley Roman

re: Q: Avoiding preterm labor?

i am 34 weeks, and was having some cramping. The nurse indicated that I needed more water. I was only realy drinking about 48-60 oz a day, when what i really need is 90+oz a day.The increase in water makes sure the level of fluid around the baby is enough, helps mom's kidneys, wihch are working for two these days, helps with water retention, etc. Ladies - thats a ALOT more water and a LOT more trips to the bathroom...but an easy thing to keep from going into preterm labor.

jacks0132003 |

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I went into preterm labor at 32 weeks. Was admitted to the hospital for a week with extreme cramping! The doctors let me go after giving me Magnesium to stop the contractions. I was back in the hospital 2 days later and received mag again, then another type of med that made me super jittery, then morphine when nothing else worked - all that did was dope me up so that I couldn't complain about the contractions... 5 days later and after having constant contractions for all of them they gave me an epidural and hoped the contractions would stop. 3 hours later my son was born. They tried everything they could to keep me pregnant and nothing worked. They even told me it was kidney stones, even after my water broke! Dr's don't always know everything. When the baby wants to come they will come!!

Annie7119 |

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I went into a hospital that I was NOT planning on delivering at because it was closer. The hospital that I am going to deliver at is 30 minutes away.We went in last night because I was having a tighteing tummy and pressure in my pelvic area since 9 in the morning. We went in around 11 at night. I SHOULD have called my doctor but it was just an impulsive reaction to go to the nearest hospital. I just wanted to see if my baby was ok.The nurse there was rude and she lectured us for what seemed like 5 minutes about how we should have called my doctor because there wasn't much she could do and basically treated us like we where young teens who didn't know what was up. I am 32 years old and I am currently a mother of an 11 year old child. I just look young for my age. I was admitted and put on a monitor for 20 minutes... then she called the doctor and he said for me to go home. So I was there for 40 minutes and was released. I am still having the same symptoms this morning so I will be calling MY doctor. I am just writing this because it was an awful experience being treated so badly by a nurse at the hospital hear. On the monitor at the hospital, I was showing activity in my cervix... I went from 18 o 80 on the monitor. 20 minutes is not enough time to be on a monitor! Hopefully, everything will be ok.

kima76 |

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My doctor recently told me I am showing signs of preterm labor so she has written me out of work. I am 34 weeks today. I'm also supposed to be more down than up she says. I was having what I thought were Braxton Hicks contractions but they were actually starting to open up my cervix. Also pressure in my back and an achy back. I've had a pretty crummy pregnancy the whole time though so I didn't think much about it. Hardly ever felt well. Tomorrow a nurse will be coming to my house and set me up with a non-stress test monitor that I will have to use every day and the nurse will come once a week to check it. I had the fetal fibronectin test today and if it comes back positive will have to be put on strict bed rest. She said she just wants to get me to 37 weeks without delivering. I haven't gotten everything ready yet that we need to get ready. Luckily we have the absolute necessities if the baby decides he doesn't want to wait any longer.

ash138 |

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I'm glad I read this because I'm 35 weeks and just had 3 contractions or waves of cramps in almost and hour, but they just send me to the bathroom. But the diarrhea thing is starting to happen. I thought it was just prelabor, but maybe it's not. I want to wait until tomorrow for my appointment, but if my body keeps this up, looks like I'll have to all the doc....As much as I wanted him right now, this makes me scared and nervous....

spazz_mama |

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I'll be 32 weeks this saturday and just had my ultrasound and my doctor didnt like how my cervix was thinning to much. He gave me a steroid shot to develop my lil guy's lungs incase i go into preterm labor. and im on total bedrest. I have had non stress tests for the last month and havent experienced any contractions yet. about 15yrs ago i had leap surgery which is when the removed part of my cervix d/t per cancer cells so my cervix is thinner then normal. So its why i have been on close watch and with my age of 42yrs old and first child its been a rough couple of months. But hanging in there.. Tomorrow i go for another shot and then im in for weekly non stress tests and ultrasounds. Having my baby shower end of this end month and hoping i make it!! Baby room isnt close to being done but my dh will have to get that one with in the next couple of weekends.

slinla |

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I'm 30 weeks pregnant today, just went to the doctor and I told him about how everyother weekend I get really sick for 3 hrs at night- vomiting, sweating, high temp, stomach crapping and diahreia. He told me a lot fo pregnant women haveb een getting sick and suggested I get the Influence NOW.. just in case I may have a viral bug. He says this is perfectly safe for me and baby and it would boost my immune system. He is also wanting me to get the HINA vaccination when it comes out here in November.. but I've never gotten a flu shot before in my life..I don't tend to get sick much and I'm kindda nervous about taking something new.. but I really like my doctor so I'm gonna try and see if this helps..

Amberlyn_00 |

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I am 31 weeks and starting at about 29 weeks I started having extreme pelvic pressure and very watery discharge. Though both are a sign of prelabor that could easily turn into preterm labor- the doctor said they could also just be my body getting ready for the big day. A woman's body is designed to give birth so it knows all the moves to make, and practice makes perfect. My advice is just to not freak out or stress. Take the day off, relax, call your doctor to at least let them know what is going on and what you are concerned about. You will feel better and at least they will be updated on whats going on- the doc's are suppose to log your calls to look back on for progress.

j3swan |

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At 33 weeks, I was terrified when I started having some pretty intense contractions. Turns out...I was dehydrated. I knew I had to drink water...I just didn't know I needed so much...MORE THAN 64 oz a day.

draper |

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I actually just talked to my midwife about this today. I've been having cramps and back-ache, and I'm 30 weeks today. She said there are three things I should do first; rest, eat, and drink water. Activity, hunger and thirst can cause contractions too, so she said try to take care of those things first. If after resting, eating something, and drinking 3 large glasses of water I'm still having contractions, then I'll have to come in to be examined. It eased my mind because I'm betting it's the water intake that is causing the mischief! So unfortunately my trips to the bathroom will increase (didn't think that was possible), but I'd rather that then panic about preterm labor if the panic isn't warranted.

snoogs23 |

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I am 31 weeks and have been having problems with preterm labor since I was about 23 weeks. Started with a small amount of blood, when my Dr. sent me for an ultrasound they found my cervex had thinned since my last ultrasound. At that time I started taking progestrone pills and had steroid shots to help the development of the baby. Then I started having contractions off and on and went to the hospital and they found that I was 3cm dialated at 29 weeks. I have been on nifedipine pills since then to stop the contractions and bed rest. I also got another round of steroid shots. I drink so much water (they told me to stay hydrated) that I pee all the time. It has been a lot of ups and downs, this is my first pregnancy. My doctors are wonderful and very knowledgable. I was afraid of putting all these meds in my system, and they understood my concerns. But at this point, I was pretty sure I was going to deliver if I didn'tstop the contractions so I chose the meds. I also had a leep procedure about 5 years ago and they think that is the main factor in all of this. My advice to anyone is try to stay calm, talk about all options with you Drs and listen to your body.

jlc238 |

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I am in the same boat as you. My problems started at 26 weeks, now I'm at 31 weeks. I have been in the hospital since.... not alot of fun but the finished product is worth it...This is my first pregnancy as well, so your advise is the money!

lindquist1117 |

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I am 34 weeks and have been having cramping for 2 weeks now. My dr said to drink lots of water as well. So now the cramps are a reminder for me to drink more I guess.

snstefan85 |

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I am 27 weeks and began contracting one week ago, I thought it wa Braxton-Hicks but actually I was contracting every 3 minutes!! After my first hospital visit I went back twice and the contractions are disapating. I had a terbutaline injection and pill on day one and also betamethasone for the baby's lungs. The next day I had a repeat injection of betamethasone. I have not dilated or thinned out!!!! I am now on bedrest and nifedipine 20mg every 4 hours. This is my first pregnancy and I had no medical problems before this!!! I have been very emotional but today semes to be a better day, I keep focusing on the fact that my baby kicks as always and my doctor and nurses at the hospital have been great!!

rciotny01 |

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I was just in the hospital on the 31st and I was having contractions, which is funny because this is my third and I never felt even one contraction with my first two. The nurse told me that 6 contractions are "allowable" before labor is considered. I am 20% effaced and am takind medicine to stop contractions and no more sex, but I'm not at risk for premature labor. Seems a little off to me.

pinkpixie11303 |

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@ 31 week check-up I found out that I am 3cm dilated and 80% effaced. Was put on immediate bedrest. I'm 32 weeks as of today and waiting for the results of the febral fibronectin test I had done yesterday. I'm hoping it's negative. I'm so nervous about preterm delivery. I have a 5.5 yr old daughter. It's so tough being on bedrest and taking care of her properly so that she doesn't get bored on weekends and after-school. Any tips?

josy92 |

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I am now 30 weeks pregnant. I was tested at 26 1/2 weeks for fetal fibronectin and the next morning I received a call from my midwife that my test came back positive. I was told that morning to go into the office and I did and all I was told was to go home and take things easy because they were unsure as to when I would go into labor. I already have 2 kids so for me it is hard to takes things easy. 2 days later I ended up going into premature labor and was hospitalized for 1 week and wasn't able to see my kids. I was put on magnesium sulfate to stop my body from contracting and I was given arithromycin and another antibiotic through my I.V along with the regular fluids. After 2 days I was taken off the Mag because my contractions had stopped. Around 1p.m that same afternoon my contractions started up again and was put back on the Mag for 5 days until I was contraction free. I was then taken back off and my contractions didn't start again while I was in the hospital so I was able to be sent home although I had already lost my mucous plug weeks prior and was 2-3 centimeters dilated, however, my bag of water didn't break so I am at home on complete bedrest and going to the doctor office every week trying to make it to at least 34 weeks. We will see what happens, hopefully my baby can make it towards the full term mark and not have to be in the NICU. Good luck to all the expectant moms out there that share the same problem as I do.

june201029 |

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Well I did everything by the books and my menbranes still broke on 4/18 in the middle of the night-I went to the emergency room and they said I had no water around my baby and I needed to be admitted and treated for any infection and was given steroid shots to develop my lil girls lungs-I was just approaching 31 weeks. Well my stay lasted til the 28th-around 4:30 they noticed her heartbeat dropping everytime I had a contraction so an emergency c-section was ordered and my epidural(didn't hurt by the way) was given and my pookie bear was born at 6:09pm:) She was 3lb7oz....kicking-screaming and peein! She is almost 35weeks- still in NICU but doing just fine:)

babybenbow |

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drinking lots of fluids is key! I was just hospitalized yesterday for that reason. I had an "irratable uterus" due to dehydration which was causing minor contractions. They had to hook me up to an Iv n give me fluids before they would release me. luckily i went to the drs when i did.

mommalexi24 |

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i am 31 weeks pregnant and at about 29 weeks i started getting contractions i went to the hospital after 3 hours of contracting 5 time in and hour, i had a preterm labor test done and it came back positive and i was 1 cm dialated and 50% effaced. my doctor ordered me to stop working and to get the steirods shot for the babys lungs, its been 2 weeks since all of that happened and i still get about 1 to 2 contracrtions a day, im scared im going to deliver this baby before 37 weeks i wish i had some reassurance that shes going to stay in there!!!

jaredredrum |

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I had my baby girl at 35 weeks and she was in the room with me immediately after my c-section. Sometimes they are stronger than we give them credit for! She was 6lbs 2.8oz's and came out kicking and screaming! Dont stress mom's, it's all in God's hands and he will do us right!

BellaDIvey |

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I went into preterm labor at 31 weeks, I was hospitalized and put on magnesium and gave me the steroid shots to help the babys lungs. After 4 days in the hospital they let me go home on sricked bedrest and procardia every 6 hours. two weeks later I went in for a routine check up and my Dr. sent me to the hospital because she didn't like how strong my contractions were. the FFN was positive for the 2nd time and I had almost no cervix left. I spent another 4 days in the hospital with the magnesium, on the last day they wanted to start the mag. again and I refused, that stuff is lethal and I ddn't think my body could take it again. They sent me to another hospital with a level 3 NICU incase I delivered and my specialist sent me home the next morning. Hopefully the next time I go in I actually have a baby! No one is sure why I have gone into preterm labor twice. I have done everything by the books and kept myself healthy. I guess these things just happen

Kwinzenread |

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I had been having bh contractions since about my 13th week of pregnancy. The doctors didn't seem overly worried about it so I didnt worry either. This past Sunday night I noticed that I was having them more frequently then normal so I decieded to start timing them, they were all either 3,4, or 5 minutes apart for almost a half hour. (Made me nervous) I called labor and delivery and told the woman what was going on and that the contractions were not painful just extremely intense. I also told her that he hadn't dropped yet and that I hadn't lost my plug (sorry if thats tmi). Bottom line she told me to come in and just get checked out. Once I got there they checked me out and I was already dilated to a one and 60% thinned at 34 weeks. Apparently my son is about the size of a 36 week baby so they changed my due date. It took all 3 shots at the hospital to stop the contractions and then after I got home they started again, nice right? All I was really told was to just be super careful about doing anything extensive that would have those contractions come back.

kjurden1314 |

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i was reading all the posts and i have been having at least 3 or 4 contractions an hour and im only 29 weeks. it been going on for a while. i have tried everything. my doctor said it was because im only 127 pounds. im way underweight. im hoping it will be ok to move all my stuff because we just bought a new house.

PamelaD10 |

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All I can say is do what the drs. want you to do. I am 32 wks and have been admitted to the hospital 3 times with preterm labor, all with my cervix, no contractions. They took all the precautions necessary and my water still broke yesterday. Still no contractions, now its a waiting game to see if labor will start by itself, otherwise I am sitting here til 34 wks and they will induce me. It stinks but I gotta make sure this little girl comes into this world knowing we did everything possible to keep her as long as possible.

sweetasme26 |

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Drink water!! I went in for a pain in my rib and when they hooked me up to the monitor it said I was having contractions. I didn't feel these but they gave me an IV of fluid and meds to stop the contractions. The ultrasound on my rib revealed a little foot that was causing the pain.

LacyfromLouisiana |

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I just made it to 35 weeks in my final pregnancy and I'm so relieved. My daughter was born at 28 weeks, my water broke and my BP was too low for the doctors to try and stop my labor. My older son tried to come at 30 weeks but they were able to hold him off til he was term. I've been on all kinds of meds trying to hold Kyle off for another week, but sometimes babies come early. There is lots that can be done to try and stop premature labor, but in reality even doctors can't always explain why some babies come early. Best advice that I've found is to drink water, follow the bed rest guidelines, and trust your instincts. Go to the hospital if you feel like you need to, the drs and nurses would rather see you 10 times than have you wait past the point where they can try and stop things from progressing. And if they can't stop your labor and you do have a preemie, just know that medical advances have come a long long way. 10 years ago my daughter would have died with all of her complications...and now I have a beautiful active one year old. Stay positive :)

Kriskeckler |

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This week at 32wks and 6 days I was in a very minor car accident and went to the hospital to be monitored. Got to the hospital and I was contracting every 2-4 minutes and didn't even feel them! I have a very short cervix (1.2cm) but I was still working and everything until then. I was already on close watch for the cervix because I had a LEEP 4 years ago and I had already received betamethasone shots at 28wks and was on NSTs twice a week. With the contractions, the OB gave me terbutaline and some fluids. I wasn't dehydrated; I drink like a gallon of water a day. She said that I was in preterm labor and the accident had nothing to do with it. Because I wasn't feeling my contratctions, she thought that I had been contracting for some time and didn't know it. Then the OB sent me home on Procardia every 6hrs and no work until I see the OB on Monday. I've been miserable at home since but we're trying to keep my little guy in there for a another 3 weeks at least!

mecmed2009 |

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I was 34weeks 4days pregnant when i gave birth to my son, i'd been going to my hospital with what they thought were bh's for 2 weeks before hand. the docs and nurses didnt take ne seriously until it was to late, tye was born weighing 2.5kg and had to spend a few weeks in hosi, it was so scary. listen to ur body ladies the docs arnt always right.

Katie4Tye |

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Magnesium does not work that long. With me, I couldn't take it because I couldn't breathe while on it. They gave me procardia which helped for about two days and I ended up having him at 33 weeks 6 days. For me there was just really nothing they could do.

AngelRaine |

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I was also admitted into the hospital at twenty eight weeks. I had been having terrible cramps for a few days, and then I started bleeding so I immediately went to the hospital. They kept me for three days and gave me steroids to develop baby's lungs in case she decided to come early. My doctor had told me that I was on bed rest, but when I went to have a form filled out for work saying that I wasn't allowed to work they wrote down that I am fully able to. I had gotten others to cover for me for the last two weeks so that they weren't short on people, but I'm afraid if I start working that something bad will happen and I'll go into labor early. I love my job and would hate to quit, but I wouldn't have any other choice if my doctor doesn't sign off saying that I actually can't work. Any suggestions?

kimberlymautz |

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it sounds like you may have to start your maternity leave or take whatever steps you were going to take when u planned to go into labor, just a little sooner. It's my plan to work until i go into labor but sometimes it doesn't go that way n u have to do what u have to do. I'm almost 35 wks n already can feel that my little one will be coming much earlier than expected, especially after today. I've been working and keeping pretty active during the day but i think the mental excitement of my baby shower today threw me some curve balls. I've never had lower back pain during this pregnancy and today i can barely walk or move w/out hurting and having contractions while at the party.

missq2bw |

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I'm so frustrated right now. My first child is 15 years old and I went into pretrerm labor when I was 6 months with her. They were able to stop it and she still came early at 35 weeks after my water broke. This is my second child and my doctor's office is not taking good care of me at all and it's too late in my pregnancy for me to change doctors. I'm 30 weeks now. Every time I call my doctors office, they tell me to go to the emergency room. Rather it's a question about why I'm having headaches and nose bleeds now, asking about the proper medicine to take because I caught a really bad cold with sore throat, or that I've been experiencing some cramping. Yet, during my appointments I'm not being checked if I've dilated nor is my cervix being measured. I'm so angry that no other doctor will take me. I can't believe this treatment.

qhigdon |

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I'm currently 34 weeks, and two nights ago, I went into pre-term labor, so I went to the hospital. I was dilated to 2 cm so they gave me terbutaline (a muscle relaxer to stop labor). When I left, I was still very crampy, and still felt a lot of pressure. The next day, I was still having pretty regular contractions. My mom told me to take calcium and magnesium, and the contractions stopped very soon after I took it. I've decided to keep taking it until I'm off strict bed-rest until 37 weeks. I'm also drinking over 100 oz of water a day (with lemon to break surface tension to prevent swelling). It's been working wonders!

PatonMommy |

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Remember, this is your pregnancy and your body, listen to it and if you feel there is a problem insist they check it out. When i was pregnant with my first child i called labor and delivery line when i was 25 weeks and told them i was having pain in my cervix (i had a leep done about a year before i was pregnant for cervical cancer and half my cervix was taken out so i knew the pain was in my cervix), the nurse on the line told me it was just round ligament pain and that i needed to drink water and stretch! Well at 30 weeks i was in so much pain i was in tears just walking 30ft. I have a high pain tolerance so this was unusual for me and sent alarm bells ringing. I called the nurse line again and explained. The nurse said it didnt sound like preterm labor but to be safe told me to start drinking lots of water and head to labor and delivery immediately! They hooked me up to the monitor and made me drink lots more water (which is supposed to help) and i was having contractions and had no clue because of the pain from my cervix. When i was finally given an exam the doctor told me i was 2 centimeter dilated and 75% effaced!!! Told i had gestational diabetes and After a test to ensure i wasnt gonna have her in the next two weeks i was ordered on to bed rest for the next 7 weeks! On the 37week check up i was told i was 4cm and could be induced which i opted for. I delivered a healthy beautiful 8lb 12oz baby girl 15hrs later! Point is i knew something wasnt right and i let a nurse who never met me and never even looked at me talk to me like i was a child and told me i was fine. Luckily it wasnt too drastic and i did get checked in time! Listen to your body and do what you think is right!

LoveMyLife2012 |

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I'm 34 weeks, and for the past 2 weekends, I've had Braxton-Hicks contractions every 5-15 minutes all day & all night for two days, with some of them being quite painful. I stay very well hydrated, I eat enough, and it doesn't matter if I'm resting or being active, the BH contractions don't stop.....I saw my midwife this week and told her all about it. She didn't check my cervix, just said, "Sounds like Braxton-Hicks to me." and sent me on my way.....that seems wrong to me! I haven't had my cervix checked since my first appointment at 10 weeks.....

cgklein87 |

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I am 34 and 1/2 weeks pregnant and went in to hospital 2 days ago due to cramping and tightening of my tummy. Got to the hospital and was admitted had an internal examination and was told my cervix was still closed so they gave me an injection to stop the contractions and I had to stay in overnight for monitoring. I am just scared that it might happen again and bub may come early as I was told if my cervix was open then I would be having bub. This is my second child and my first was overdue and I had to be induced so going into a natural labour is all new to me. I am just thankful I had lovely midwives to deal with.

Krissie84 |

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Yesterday I was told that I was dilated 2cm due to a weak cervix the dr sent us home, and I'm only 20wks I'm terrified because he told me to consider having another child. Please pray my little girl. What should I do?

nyalle81 |

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i had a little bloody discharge one night when i got home from work, so the dr asked that i come in the next day to get checked out. turns out i was 1 cm dilated at 31 weeks and my cervix had thinned out a lot. i got a positive ffn result so i was given steroid shots for the baby's lung development and progesterone to try to maintain the pregnancy. i'm on strict bedrest until 34 weeks (i'm 33 today..!) and then i am going to be reevaluated. they said its possible i could go back to a light work schedule but i have a feeling they would prefer i stay home. just want to make it to 37.. leaving my baby in the nicu terrifies me, which they said i would have to do if she comes before 37 weeks

agemmell |

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Q&A: Avoiding preterm labor? I've been seen at Labor and Delivery over six times now. My cervix is 2.5cm dilated, and I'm 70% effaced. I'm 33 weeks, but I don't think I'll be making it to my July26th due date. the last visist at LD my contractions were two to four min. apart. I thought my water was going to break! They gave me tributilane to help stop the contractions and then another dose for when they came back again. Now I'm also on Nifedipene that I take daily to help prevent more contractions. I'm also taking progesterone suppositories nightly. I am terrified of having the baby so early that he would have to be in the nicu. I'm on strict bedrest until 36 weeks. Please pray for my little one. He needs to stay inside and keep growing.

haleyawold |

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At 23 weeks and 6 days I woke up at 2 am with contractions which became more and more intense until I couldn't stand it anymore at about 4:30am and went to the hospital. Turns out I was actually going into labor and was 1 cm dilated. I was put on magnesium, given beta methazone injections for her lungs and kept in the hospital for 8 days. After I was sent home, I was put on modified bed rest and transferred to a high risk doctor. I'm now at 26 weeks now and hoping and praying that we make it to at least 35 weeks.

maybride@live.com |

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At 28 wks and 4 days I was going in for a regular MFM ultrasound appt. (which is every 2 wks) to check the progress and weight of my twin girls. The girls was doing fine but the doc notice that my cervix was thinning. He asked if I was experiencing any discomfort or havin any contractions: which I have been havin for the last 2 wkends. I have a high pain tolerance, so I just thought they was b/h. He told me to addmit myself into the hospital right way. Im so glad i was just behind the hospital, cause my contractions was coming now at least 3 to 5 min apart. the twins and i was put on the montior and i was put on magnesium, given two steroid shots to help develop their lungs. i was in the hospital for 5 days, praise the Lord that my husband was off for five days, so he was able to keep our two young boys (ages 3 and 1). My OB dr has put me on bed rest and a daily tab of nifedipine to pervent contractions. Now at 30 wks and little to non contractions, im just praying that we make it to 34 wks.

Muambuyi |

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A few weeks ago (about 29 weeks) I had about 7 contractions in 45 minutes as well as pressure. I ended up going to the hospital and it was DEHYDRATION! So they were able to rehydrate me and get the contractions to stop. Since then, I have a 32oz bottle of water. I drink at minimum 4 of those a day.

aashleigh1518 |

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Lots and lots of protein has research behind it supporting it's prevention of preterm labor. My midwives and natural birth class all highly recommend it. 60-80 grams a day. I don't even like meat much during this pregnancy, but am finding lots of other ways to eat protein---dairy, cottage cheese, nuts, oats, etc. I'm 28 weeks so I'll let you know if it works for me!

chelseland |

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watch for the mucous plug...and the contractions getting 'consistently' closer together. On baby #6...and have had fast furious labor/deliveries. For that last 5 weeks of pregnancy I have always experienced nights of 'wonder'...and have gone into true labor as early as 34 1/2 weeks and up to 38 weeks. That mucous plug or the water breaking is a very helpful sign that things are truly progressing. If you are like me - you may experience some crazy strong braxtin hicks (prelabor), but not actually be there yet. Just watch for those obvious signs and otherwise relax - and be thankful too...that prelabor stuff all helps in the end ;o)

TaraFox6 |

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I went into preterm labor when I was 32 weks. I have been on bedrest ever since... It wasnt anything I did that caused the pre-term labor if the baby is ready to come they will come... Bad thing is the hospital I am going to deliver at is 45min away.... let pray I get there intime...

AmandaDougherty |

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I had lower pressure since 26 wks and was told it was caused by the babies extra weight and the fact I walk a lot at work fast forward to 31 wks and tada I had Coralynn she was 4lbs 5 oz 17.5" she has breathed on her own , mantianed her own temp and all that jazz. She'll be 4 wks on tues has gained a lb we're hoping she can come home soon , She doesn't eat all her feedings by bottle yet

itzmeturtle |

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I delivered just shy of 37 weeks with my first pregnancy. My water broke in the middle of the night. SO there was no stopping labor then! THis pregnancy I'm on progesterone injections and taking it easier. (Well as much as I can with an almost 2 yr old!) I'm 34 weeks and already "dropped" a week ago. So far no further signs of progession of labor. Hoping to make it to at least 38weeks this time. :)

rtgump |

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I went into pre-term labor at 36 weeks, definately was not hydrated enough. Spent a night in the hospital, Ordered to stay home for 4-5 days and just relax. Later on in my previous pregnancy I was sent up to triage for hypertension. ( high blood pressure), by this time I was 39 weeks. Instead of sending me home this time, they just broke my bag of water and we got the show on the road. It didn't help that I had been dialated to almost 4 for over a month either. So it was best just to get the baby out by this point. I was most definately glad they did. But seriously my best advice for avoiding pre-term labor would be to listen to your dr., stay hydrated, and eat a well balanced meals. I realize it isn't the easiest thing when you have another little one, but really you have to do what is best for you and your baby. It might be calling in just because you woke up not feeling the best. Trust me I learned my lesson, Don't go into work, end up getting sick, go home and sleep before calling your OB when you think/feel something might be up. And most of all stay hydrated so you don't end up on an IV like I did.

TiffanyNK |

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At 32 weeks, I came home from the gym and noticed some spotting so I went to the hospital to get checked out. I was put on the monitor and found out I was having contractions 2-4 minutes apart - I couldn't even feel them! For several weeks now my uterus tightens up occasionally and I never thought anything of it but apparently these contractions were enough to register on the monitor. I was given a steroid injection to strengthen baby's lungs in case he or she decided to come early, as well as Atalat to stop the contractions, which slowed down overnight. I stayed on the Atalat for the next day and a half and was monitored for another day in hospital to make sure things had slowed down (four days total in the hospital). It was scary, but reassuring that the doctors and nurses were able to get things under control. I'm 34 weeks today and back home on "reduced activity" = no gym, no work, and no lifting anything heavy or doing housework, but I'm not on total bedrest. The doctors advised me to gradually increase my activity levels with walking around so I've just started walking to the mailbox every day. I can run simple errands, just can't carry the groceries - that sort of thing. I have been taking it easy and praying our little one stays put for a few more weeks at least!

snowgirl0429 |

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drink plenty of water, hydration is a plus

SOONIIbBrown |

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I am 35 weeks today but this past week was experiencing back aches and abdominal cramping that felt like menstrual cramps. When I called my Dr.'s office, they said to go to the hospital for monitoring. All was fine and I was not dilated at all, however in the 2 hours I was hooked up to the fetal monitor, I was experiencing contractions that were anywhere from 1-3 minutes apart. Fortunately they have since subsided but the hospital said to overhydrate which includes drinking gatorade daily. I have taken their advice and like I said, the contractions have subsided! Good news is at this point, baby would be fine, just small!

mhofmann33 |

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I'm having 3 contractions and having diarrhea and menstrual like cramps and ulcers are hurting me too.I'm only 36weeks and two days right now in my pregnacny.should I call my doctor

kopp476 |

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I got admitted to the hospital at 29 weeks and have been on bedrest for 10 days now. Praying I can make it to at least 32 weeks (10 more days:). I had quite a bit of tightening of my uterus, mostly just on one side starting at 27.5 weeks. Everyone at work made me seem like I was over-reacting so I didn't go to the hospital (which I really regret). This is my first baby and it's hard to know what's normal and what's not. I thought they were just Braxton Hicks contractions. When I went into the lab for my 3 hr glucose testing I noticed some blood when I went to the bathroom. They sent me in a different room for an ultrasound and a cervical check. Next thing I knew I was in a wheelchair, being admitted into the high risk OB floor. Super scary. My water "broke"...ruptured and they won't let me leave until I have a baby! Hopefully he/she can stay put for a few more weeks.

jmpole |

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I am at 32 weeks and last night I had intense contractions not just in my abdomen but my back as well. Because I didn't feel it was quite time I drank plenty of water and went to bed early. Turns out I was just dehydrated and exhausted. It is possible to go into pre term labor for those reasons so decided to drink more water and start taking it easier.

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watson012 |

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I'm currently 34 weeks and I was entering preterm labor a couple of days ago. I was having some back aches so my doc checked my cervix. I was dilated 2cms and my cervix as thinning. A couple of days later, I started having contractions. (I've been to the hospital twice due to contractions.) I've been given meds, but my doc says that sometimes, there is just nothing you can do. Just relax, trust your doctor, and NEVER be afraid to call your doctor. Its better to be safe then sorry.

kitkat336 |

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I'm 31 weeks right now and I've been having some pretty mild contractions. I have a really high pain tolerance so I don't think much of them but tonight and last night I've had some really intense long ones and I've been thinking about going to see my doc but last time i did they told me i had a bladder infection and sent me home with a prescription. I really don't want any more random shit from them so i don't know

ttcmommietobe |

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I was 24 weeks and woke up with slight cramping in my pelvic area. I called the nurse and she told me it was a bladder infection and to drink lots of water can come in the next day. I ended up goin in that afternoon because the cramping started to hurt. I had my baby by emergency c-section a few hours later. A phone call does not always work. If you feel like you should go in, just go in. It's always better to get sent home then to be at home delivering a premature baby.

kitafay |

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I am 34 weeks right now and want to stop working when i'm 36 weeks. I work in the Emergency Room as a nurse and work 13 hour shifts. By the end of my shift I have pelvic pressure, sciatica pain going down my left leg and generalized aches and pains all over. I told my doctor and he wouldn't give me a note to get out of work before my due date. He said there was no medical reason for it. Um hello how about sciatica. That is a medical diagnoses. I'm getting worried that I am on my feet too much and will go into preterm labor. What do you all think?

kates222 |

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I'm 29 weeks right now been in hospital 3x they had to stop my labor I'm starting to contract again with alot of pressure I'm wondering since this is the 7th baby is this why I'm going through all this has anyone experienced this should I call the dr?? I feel like I been to hospital too much!!

Francinem78 |

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I am 34 weeks now and have been fortunate throughout my pregnancy with little sickness, pain and was able to continue work. At least, unitl last saturday. I was doing some last min shopping for the baby and my Braxton Hicks hit me SUPER hard immediately and continuously. The hospital gave me 3 shots to slow down what we found out were actual contractions, and my cervix was dialted at 3cm. As much care as I took of myself and the baby, he had other plans :) Now my OBGYN has put me on strict bed rest for the duration of my pregnancy.

justinandlouann |

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