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Re: Preterm labor
Mar 4, 2007
1) Stay hydrated (as others have said).

2) Beware of changes in your body, no matter how subtle. Not all people feel contractions the same.

3) Monitor your vaginal discharge. If it begins to smell or look purulent (green), call your doctor. This could be a sign of bacterial vaginosis which can cause preterm labor.

I went into preterm at 29 weeks, didn't know it. All I did was cramp, not what I thought contractions should feel like. Had a routine ultrasound the next day and I was 100% effaced and 4 cm dilated and baby was at -1 station. I was put on Magnesium Sulfate for 2 days, given 2 steroid shots as a just in case, and then moved to the high risk OB unit on routine *******ia, strict bedrest, and a whole lot of food. I had the baby 6 days after initially going into preterm. There is nothing easy about giving birth preterm. You are scared the entire time for the safety of your child, your finances are affected, most of the time you have to leave the hospital without your child, and you miss out on the initial bonding immediately after birth. Do your homework, look for the signs. Babies are meant to stay in the womb for 40 weeks.

Amy





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