Risk of Preterm delivery, Threatened preterm labor (TPTL)

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Spontaneous premature labor is often associated with infection and inflammation, particularly at early gestations. Only a minority of women who present with preterm contractions progress to actual labor and delivery. Preterm labor occurs when contractions begin to open cervix before 37 weeks of pregnancy. If preterm labor cannot be stopped, baby will be born early. The earlier premature birth happens, the greater the health risks for your baby. Many premature babies (preemies) need special care in the neonatal intensive care unit. Preemies can also have long-term mental and physical disabilities. In addition, giving birth prematurely increases risk of preterm labor in future pregnancies. While the specific cause of preterm labor often is not clear, certain risk factors can increase the risk of preterm labor.


Laboratory Test Procedures:

frequent contractions - a tightening sensation in the abdomen
constant low dull backache
sensation of pelvic or lower abdominal pressure
mild abdominal cramps
watery vaginal discharge (water breaking)
change in vaginal discharge

Dimeric inhibin A (DIA)
C-Reactive Protein (CRP)
WBC (leukocytes) (URINE TEST)
Protein (URINE TEST)
Nitrite (URINE TEST)
Group B Strep (Vaginal/Rectal)
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