Pre-term Labor Articles

  • Incompetent cervix -- caring for it during pregnancy

    What causes an incompetent cervix? How is it treated? Are there risks to a cerclage? Learn these answers as a mom shares her experiences and research.

  • Braxton Hicks

    Braxton Hicks contractions -- you may have heard this funny phrase before you were pregnant, but now you really want to know what it means. How can you tell them from real labor?

  • VBAC Scare Tactics: Big Baby, Big Problems

    Many women who want to have a vaginal birth after cesarean in the U.S. and elsewhere have faced some sort of opposition from their care providers when they have expressed their desire to VBAC. Oftentimes, this opposition comes in the form of "VBAC scare tactics."

  • Preeclampsia: A Closer Look

    Preeclampsia, affecting seven percent of all pregnancies worldwide, occurs when a woman's blood pressure rises. It most frequently strikes first-time mothers and women who are carrying twins, or multiple pregnancies. What can be done to prevent it? How is it detected and treated?

  • Changes During Weeks 17 - 20

    Your baby's head, arms, legs, and body are now fully formed. At 20 weeks, he weighs about 1 pound and is about 7½ inches in length. His movement will become increasingly noticeable to you.

  • Preventing Premature Births

    While some risk factors for premature delivery are beyond our control, prenatal care and lifestyles changes can help some women lower their risk of having a premature delivery. Find out how you can give your little one the best chances of being full term.

  • Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Death

    It takes courage to try again when your previous pregnancy ended in miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. As you know only too well from past experience, there is no guarantee that you'll end up with a storybook happy ending nine months down the road.

  • When to Call Your Provider

    Something going on in your pregnancy worrying you? Is it normal? Should you call your provider? Here is a list of warning signs that shouldn't be ignored.

  • Depression: A Risk Factor for Preterm Birth

    A recent study found that depressed pregnant women are twice as likely to give birth prematurely as pregnant women without any symptoms of depression.

  • FDA-Approved Test Helps Women and Doctors Manage High-Risk Pregnancies

    While the goal is for every baby to be born healthy and at full term, the reality is premature birth, also known as preterm birth, is the number one obstetric problem and the number one cause of death for newborns in the United States.