If you are experiencing any symptoms of preterm labor, call your doctor right away. Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may tell you to come to the office or the hospital. Your doctor may also advise you to stay at home. If advised to stay at home, your doctor may tell you to drink 2-3 glasses of water or juice and rest on your left side for 1 hour. If your symptoms do not improve in 1 hour, or improve but return later, call your doctor again or go to the hospital. If your symptoms go away, lie down for the rest of the day. Your doctor may ask you to come to the office for a checkup.

If your preterm labor symptoms progress, you should go to the hospital. Treatment at the hospital may include the following:

Your doctor may decide not to treat your preterm labor. In such cases, labor is allowed to continue to delivery. These cases may include:

  • Excessive vaginal bleeding
  • Very high blood pressure
  • An infection in your uterus
  • The baby has fatal birth defects or has died already
  • Placental abruption—when the placenta separates from the uterus before the fetus is delivered

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