How Can You Avoid Preterm Labour

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HH - February 8

Hi ladies, I was wondering if there is anything which we can do to avoid preterm labour? I would like to get through my full 40 weeks. I heard drinking orange juice and/or eating oranges help with that. Basically you have to have a good vitamin C intake to avoid preterm labour. Any thoughts on this or any other thing which we can to avoid preterm labour? Thanks a bunch.

 

snickelfritz - February 9

There's really nothing you can do to avoid it if it happens. If it starts, your OB can do things to postpone labor. I was on Terbutaline from 28 weeks until 36 weeks due to preterm contractions (hospitalized at 28 weeks). The terb was very helpful and my son stayed in until 38 weeks! Just don't overexert yourself and make sure to follow all of doctor's orders!

 

m - February 9

Hey snickelfritz. I was just wondering what brought on your pre-term labor. I am 23 weeks and already having Braxton Hicks contractions (for over 3 weeks now).... some of them really hard and slightly painful. I know those aren't supposed to be anything to worry about, but I've also heard that if they start too early, they can eventually cause real ones to begin. Did you have BH contractions before your real ones began?

 

snickelfritz - February 9

My BH contrax started at 19 weeks. Around 27 weeks I had an issue with them coming every 6-10 minutes for several hours. Then, at 28 weeks, they just started coming every 3-5 minutes and nothing they were doing at the hospital was making them stop. So they put me on the Terbutaline. I still had regular contractions for the rest of my pregnancy, but they were much more mild because of the Terb and never caused any dilating.

 

m - February 9

Thanks! So far, I'm able to ease mine by lying down. But I worry that eventually, it may become a problem.

 

Angela - February 9

I have heard that in the summer you need to keep cool because elevating your body temperature could cause the cervix to begin dialating - it kind of goes with the no hot tub rule - so I plan to stay in doors a lot this may/june/july.

 

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