Can premature labor be hereditary?

Answer Answer There are no studies which show that premature labor is hereditary, but it is worth letting your obstetrician know if you have such a history. It is also worthwhile to be more vigilant abou... Read More »

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What is premature labor?

In some cases, the first sign of fetal death is premature labor. Premature labor is marked by a rush of fluid from the vagina, caused by the tearing of the membrane around the baby; and by abdomina... Read More »

What are symptoms of premature labor?

Uterus contractions, abdominal cramping (with or without diarrhea), pelvic region pressure, low backache, change in the vaginal discharge, dilation of the cervix, premature rupture of membranes.

How is premature labor treated?

Bed rest, intravenous fluids, oral or injectable drugs (terbutaline sulfate, ritodrine, magnesium sulfate, nifedipine) to stop contractions, antibiotics for vaginal or urinary tract infection.

How is premature labor diagnosed?

A physical and vaginal examination, a vaginal culture, urine and blood samples, a fetal heart monitor may be hooked up, fetal ultrasound, amniocentesis.