If your contractions are causing changes
in your cervix, or if you have signs of
preterm premature rupture of membranes (pPROM), you may be given medicines to help delay delivery.
Delaying labor even for a short time can allow you to be:
- Moved to a medical center that has a
neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
- Given medicine to speed up lung development, which takes at least 48 hours
to fully benefit the baby's lungs. Even 24 hours provides some benefit.
medicines can be dangerous when a fetus is showing signs of distress or for
women with certain health conditions (such as heart problems, severe
preeclampsia, or poorly controlled
high blood pressure).
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
William Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine
January 8, 2013
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