What is preterm labor? What is the cause of preterm labor?
The cause of preterm labor is not completely understood. It is known that certain situations are associated with preterm labor and may increase your risk for early delivery. Very common factors would include carrying more than one baby (twins or triplets) or having had a preterm delivery in the past. At this time, preterm labor can’t be prevented. We can only do the next best thing − identify it early and treat it effectively to help the pregnancy continue. Early recognition of the signs of preterm labor may result in better management of your pregnancy. You probably have a better sense of the chances occurring within your body than anyone else does. The following are signs that occur during preterm labor. However, they can also be a very normal part of a healthy pregnancy. What you need to keep in mind as you go over these signs is what may represent a change from your normal pattern or experience. • Uterine contractions. The uterus (womb) is composed of muscle fibers. A uterine contr