If the signs get worse or don’t go away, call your provider or go
right to the hospital. Remember, getting help quickly is the best thing
you can do.
What are the risk factors of preterm labor?
Some things can make a woman more likely than others to have preterm labor
and birth. Having a risk factor doesn’t guarantee you’ll have
preterm labor or give birth early, but it may increase your chances. These
risk factors make you most likely to have preterm labor and give birth early:
- Having a premature baby in the past.
- Being pregnant with multiples (twins, triplets or more).
- Having problems with your uterus or cervix, now or in the past.
There are many other documented risk factors for preterm labor and birth.
It is also important to avoid getting late or no prenatal care during
pregnancy. Smoking, drinking alcohol and using street drugs must be avoided,
along with exposure to pollution. It is imperative that moms reduce stress
in their life, reduce long working hours and get out of domestic violence
situations. A lot of family support, in a calm environment is recommended
for every mother.
For more information on preterm labor and birth, contact Shelly Benfield,
CNM, at the Center for Women and Children, by calling 828/326-3053.