Sunday, 8 June 2014
It is also believed that women who have eating disorder are more likely to give birth to a small baby. But for about 7% of women that give birth prematurely, no reason can be found .
Premature delivery occurs often by caesarean section and are more likely among the low social class,teenage pregnancy, smoking, fetal abnormalities, bleeding in early pregnancy and bacterial vaginosis.
A woman should suspect that she may be in premature labour if she starts getting regular painful uterine contractions which increase in pregnancy. She may also notice a 'show' or her membranes may rupture, leading to a gush of water from her vagina. If any of these events occurs, she should see her doctor immediately.
At the hospital, she will be examined to check the size of the baby and where it is lying in the uterus. The examination should also show whether her cervix is showing any opening. Her general health will be checked, particular attention being paid to her blood pressure. Her abdomen will also be monitored in order to to determine the frequency and strength of the uterine contractions.
If after examination the woman is found to be in true labour, what will be done depends on how much the pregnancy has advanced and if the membranes have ruptured .If the pregnancy is less than 35weeks advanced, the doctor may try to suppress labour by giving drugs. Between 35 and 37 weeks of pregnancy, some doctors use drugs and some wait for nature to decide. The dose of the drug has to be adjusted so that the side-effects are controlled but the uterus stops contracting. The side-effects are a pounding heart, a rapid pulse and a flushed feeling.