• Treatment of Preterm Labor and Delivery

    If you are experiencing any symptoms of preterm labor, call your doctor immediately. Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may tell you to come to the office or the hospital. Or, your doctor may advise you to stay at home. He or she may tell you to drink two to three glasses of water or juice and rest on your left side for one hour. If your symptoms do not improve in one hour, or improve but return later, call your doctor again or go to the hospital. If your symptoms go away, lay down for the rest of the day. Your doctor may ask you to come to the office for a checkup.
    If your preterm labor progresses, you should go to the hospital. Treatment at the hospital may include the following:
    Your doctor may decide not to treat your preterm labor. In such cases, labor is allowed to continue to delivery. These cases may include:
    • A lot of vaginal bleeding
    • Very high blood pressure
    • An infection in your uterus
    • The baby has fatal birth defects or has died already
    • The placenta has separated from the wall of the uterus (placental abruption)

    References

    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Assessment of risk factors for preterm birth. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Practice Bulletin, No.31. October 2001.

    Premature birth. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research website. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/invoke.cfm?objectid=DB81ABF4-378D-453B-AFD7BF32AD6F01E7&dsection=1 . Accessed September 23, 2005.

    Preterm labor. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://www.acog.org/ . Accessed June 1, 2009.

    Preterm labor. March of Dimes website. Available at: http://www.marchofdimes.com/pnhec/188%5F1080.asp . Accessed September 22, 2005.

    Preterm labor. University of Michigan Health System website. Available at: http://www.med.umich.edu/ . Accessed September 23, 2005.

    Treating preterm labor. March of Dimes website. Available at: http://www.marchofdimes.com/prematurity/13454%5F13468.asp . Accessed September 22, 2005.

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