preterm labor are warning signs. They don't necessarily mean that you'll have a preterm birth.
If you're less than 37 weeks pregnant and you're having more or stronger contractions than usual, try these things:
- Drink 2 or 3 glasses of water or juice. Not having enough
liquids can cause contractions.
- Stop what you are doing, and empty your bladder. Then lie down on your
left side for at least 1 hour.
- If your contractions get worse during the hour, call your doctor
or nurse-midwife, or go to the hospital.
- Try to remember what you were doing when the symptoms started so
that you can avoid starting the contractions again later.
Although stress isn't thought to be a direct cause of preterm
labor, do what you can to reduce stress in your life. Try to
do less, ask for help, and eat well.
Strict bed rest is no longer used to prevent preterm labor. But your doctor may recommend expectant management, which may involve some bed rest.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
William Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine
January 8, 2013
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