What is preterm labor?
It’s when you go into labor after week 20. Before that time frame, it’s considered a miscarriage. Doctors like to keep an eye on you if you’ve had previous preterm labors in the past, and they may even ask you to get a weekly shot of Makena after 19 weeks up until 36 weeks. I get the Makena injection weekly in home, unless it’s a week of my midwife appointment at the office, then I just take the injection box with me to her office, and a nurse does it while I’m already there.
What can cause preterm labor?
No one can be 100% certain on what exactly is the cause of preterm labor, but there are a few different factors that can play a role in contractions and early dilation of your cervix.
What may cause preterm labor?
– Smoking, alcohol, and drug use
– Short intervals between pregnancies
– Carrying multiples
– Maternal age
– Uterine and vaginal infections
– Pregnancy complications
– Structural anomalities of the uterus and/or cervix
– Gum infections
– Stress levels
– Occupational factors
– Previous preterm birth
How can you prevent preterm labor?
– Aim for 18 months between pregnancies
– Control what you can – smoking, drinking, illegal drugs – stop these
– See your doctor for earlier prenatal care
– Take prenatal vitamins
– Watch your weight
– Eat healthy
– Eat often
– Keep yourself hydrated
– Go when you gotta go to the bathroom
– Brush your teeth regularly