A pregnant woman may get concerned about the preterm
labour if she observes any signs or symptoms of the preterm labour in the
seventh month of pregnancy. Read on to know the causes of preterm labour and find
out how to avoid an early labour by taking the precautions to allay the
concerns of preterm labour.
Pregnancy is a period filled with joy and anticipation, but
at the same time, one must also be aware that there can be uncertainties as
well. So be aware and stay informed so that you are not taken by surprise and
left clueless as to what is happening inside your body. Note down every change
that is taking place in your body and the manner in which they are affecting
you. Report the same to your doctor so that you know whether everything is
okay. Your concern that you might go into labour early might well happen; and
there is nothing to be worried about. At times it is possible to avoid an early
labour by reducing certain risk factors.
Common Causes of
Here are some concerns that cause a preterm
The first point to note is that there are still no certain
facts or factors that can be defined as the actual cause or causes of a preterm
labour. It can happen for no apparent reason as well. You might concur the risk
of premature labour when –
uterus is holding multiple fetuses.
already have had a history of premature labour in your earlier pregnancy.
are having some uterine or cervical abnormality.
Medical Risk Factors
Leading to Premature Birth
There can also be the following medical risk factors leading
is a persistent vaginal bleeding due to no apparent cause during your
are continuously having a high temperature during your pregnancy term,
usually over 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
are suffering from a recurring kidney infection. This can as well be
combined with bladder failure or problems.
are suffering from a series of infections, be it vaginal, urinary
tract or even any variant of sexually transmitted disease.
are suffering from a chronic condition like a high blood pressure,
diabetes or kidney problems.
have a weight issue – be it over weight or underweight.
your pregnancy is caused by IVF,
in vitro fertilisation; and you are bearing a single foetus.
- If you
are suffering from Thrombophilia, a type of clotting disorder.
- If you
have had multiple first trimester abortions
and/or more than one second trimester abortions.
- If the
gap between your current and previous pregnancy is very less, that is less
than six to nine months.
How to Prevent
Certain precautions to allay the concerns of Preterm labour
can be taken on your part as well:
go for your prenatal checkups regularly.
from smoking, alcohol, taking over-the-counter medicines and drugs.
your levels of stress.
that you have adequate rest, avoid exertion and long hours of standing.
- Be in
a happy environment with a fair amount of family and social support.
Take note that any sort of violence, be it physical, sexual
or emotional can result in preterm labour.
Signs of Concern for
a Preterm Labour
there is a watery fluid discharge from the vagina, it indicates that the
amniotic sac is broken.
there is any abnormal vaginal discharge.
there is a frequent or constant cramps in the abdominal area, similar to
- If you
are experiencing abdominal cramps along with or without diarrhea.
is an incessant or persistent low and dull backache just beneath your
- If you
are experiencing five or more uterine contractions within a span of an
- If you
feel immense pelvic pressure, as if the baby is pushing down.
Concerns about preterm labour may arise during the seventh
month of pregnancy. However, by taking right precautions preterm labour can be
prevented. And if you are well aware of the signs and symptoms, you can take
immediate action by contacting your doctor.