Knowing the risks of preterm birth can help to determine whether special care will be needed to prevent preterm labour. For those at high risk of going into preterm labour, health care practitioners can take special precautions to ensure the best outcomes for mothers and babies.
Research indicates that women who had midwife-led models of care were less likely to experience antenatal hospitalisation, loss of the baby or early spontaneous birth. Pregnant women should be guided by their health care practitioner and enquire about midwife-led care during their pregnancy.
To reduce the risk of preterm birth, some modifiable lifestyle factors should also be addressed. These include:
- quitting tobacco smoking and avoiding passive smoke exposure
- not drinking alcohol or taking recreational drugs during pregnancy
- having regular check-ups and tests for growth, BP, blood sugar & possible infections
- regularly engaging in moderate exercise, particularly if overweight
- getting enough social and emotional support
In addition, cervical length measurement at the mid-term scan helps predict preterm birth. Treatment with progesterone in the case of a shortened cervix has been shown to reduce the incidence of preterm birth.
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This information has been reviewed by Neonatologist, Dr John Smyth.
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