Preterm labor (also know as premature labor) is basically labor that happens before 37 weeks gestation. It is always a topic of concern considering that approximately 50% of twin births are premature. Although there are still an overwhelming number of healthy premature twin births, when they are born between 34 and 37 weeks, it’s much better to be informed about the possibility of early labor, as well as the signs, symptoms and treatments.
There are a few groups of women who are generally at the greatest risk of preterm labor. They include women with particular cervical and/or uterine abnormalities, women who have experienced a prior preterm birth, and, of course, women who are carrying twins or more. Some women may even have to deal with all of these factors during pregnancy.
That said, the actual cause is often unknown. Because early labor can be triggered by a problem with the babies, the mother, or both, there is just no definitive answer.
There are several symptoms of preterm labor to familiarize yourself with (listed below). It’s also good idea to talk to your doctor about your particular risks, as well as paying close attention to your body during twin pregnancy. Sometimes it may only be a gut feeling to go on, so always follow your instincts and call your doctor if you are ever in doubt.
Preterm labor is usually diagnosed and/or treated in the hospital. If you have indeed been diagnosed, there are a few different treatment options (usually decided by your doctor or midwife). They generally include the following
*It should be noted that preterm labor is not always treated. If your pregnancy has progressed to close to 37 weeks or if there is a serious medical problem regarding mother, baby or both, labor is generally allowed to continue.
There are a few good things you can do for your body that could play a big role in preventing preterm labor and birth of your twins.
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