Premature labor or preterm labor is said to be one of the serious complication of pregnancy. This is a labor that starts before 37 weeks gestation. Early detection of this can help prevent premature birth and there giving birth to a healthy baby.
Here are some signs of premature labor
Call your gynecologist if you feel any of the following:
• Contractions or cramps occurring for more than 5 times in one hour
• Bright red blood from the vagina
• Sudden gush of fluid from the vagina
• Low, dull backache
• Intense pelvic pressure
• Pain during urination, possible urinary tract, bladder or kidney infection
Others things that you can do would be to pay attention to signs and symptoms of infections (bladder, yeast, etc.) because they can also cause infections. Keeping all of your appointments with your practitioner and calling whenever you have questions or symptoms. A lot of women are afraid of "crying wolf," but it is much better to be incorrect than to be in preterm labor and not being treated.
Managing premature labor:
• Be well hydrated. Since during dehydration the volume of blood decreases there by increasing the concentration of oxytocin - hormone that causes uterine contractions.
• Lie down in your left side
• Take medications to as per doctor suggestion to stop labor
• Take medication to help prevent infection
• Evaluation of your baby
• Take medications that can help in the baby's lung development.