Progesterone prevents preterm birth by slowing the normal, breakdown of cells in the fetal membranes. Stronger, thicker fetal membranes are less likely to rupture prematurely leading to premature delivery. Check with your healthcare provider to see what programs are available to you!
Bacterial infections are a major cause of preterm labor, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Treating the infection can stop contractions and prevent your water breaking early.
Biophysical profile, non-stress or stress tests, amniotic fluid volume index and ultrasound might be used to check on your baby's health.
If a premature birth is inevitable, you might be given medication to help your baby's lung develop more quickly.
No matter what, the health and well-being of you and your baby are paramount! Learn about what your options are and help prevent preterm labor.
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