Preterm Labor

Obstetrics and Gynecologist in West Houston, TX
Preterm Labor

If you have concerns about preterm labor, turn to the medical experts at Elite Women's Care Center in Houston, Texas. They can help you understand the signs of preterm labor, provide an accurate diagnosis if you think you’re having preterm labor, and provide the proper treatment for you. Book an appointment by phone or a quick click online today.

Preterm Labor Q & A

What is preterm labor?

Preterm labor, also known as premature labor, is when contractions begin to open the cervix before 37 weeks of pregnancy. This can lead to the birth of a premature baby, which can cause health complications for the newborn.

The team at Elite Women’s Care Center works to help patients delay an early delivery. A full-term pregnancy reduces problems after birth.

What are the signs of preterm labor?

The signs of preterm labor can vary. They may include:

  • Contractions
  • Pelvic pressure
  • Low back pain
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Water breaking

If you suspect you’re experiencing preterm labor, contact Elite Women’s Care Center immediately. Early intervention can prevent the onset of preterm labor or minimize its impact.

How is preterm labor diagnosed?

To diagnose preterm labor, your provider examines you and checks your cervix. They also monitor your baby's heart rate. In addition, they may perform an ultrasound to check the length of your cervix.

If preterm labor is confirmed, your practitioner can suggest different treatment options depending on your baby’s gestational age, the cause of preterm labor, and your and your child’s overall health.

How is preterm labor treated?

Treatments for preterm labor may include:

  • Bed rest (stopping all physical activities)
  • Medications to stop your contractions or to prepare your baby's lungs for early delivery
  • Cervical cerclage (sewing the cervix closed) if your cervix is too short or is dilating prematurely
  • Delivery if your baby is in immediate danger or if your preterm labor is considered severe

Your practitioner discusses your treatment options to help you know what to expect.

How can I prevent preterm labor?

You can help prevent preterm labor by taking the following steps:

  • Attend all prenatal appointments
  • Take care of your health
  • Avoid stress
  • Know the warning signs

Preterm labor is a serious pregnancy complication that requires prompt medical attention. If you experience preterm labor, contact the Elite Women’s Care Center's medical professionals immediately. An early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent complications and ensure the best outcome for both you and your baby.

To learn more about preterm labor, call the administrative staff today or book an appointment online.