The birth of baby less than 37 weeks of gestational
age is called a preterm birth. Premature infants are at a greater risk of short
and long term complications. This post deals about the ways in which you can
reduce preterm labor.
The preterm babies face numerous problems
including low birth weight, difficulty in breathing, digestive complications,
under developed organs and learning and developing disabilities. A new study
has found that low birth weight babies are five times more likely to suffer
from autism. Generally the causes for preterm labor include infection, bleeding
or stretching of uterus; poor sleep quality in first and third trimester, pre-pregnancy obesity, and gestational weight gain.
How to avoid a preterm labor? According to Dr. Manny Alvarez a daily dose
of progesterone gel which is basically a hormone gel could reduce premature
births. The number is reduced by half among women with high risk pregnancies.
Good nutrition is essential in preventing
preterm labor. Pregnant women should manage conditions such as diabetes and
high blood pressure. They should be relaxed, never smoke, drink or use
recreational drugs. Over the counter medication should be used with caution.
You should take proper care of your teeth. It would be wise to undergo a
fetal fibronectin test. If the result is positive, then there is an
increased risk of preterm labor. If the result is negative then you can relax a
HPV vaccination prevents the birth of
extremely preterm babies.
Generally pregnant women are advised to eat a well balanced diet. The most
important dietary advice in pregnancy is to avoid food borne illnesses and
toxins. Women should avoid uncooked beef, predatory fish which can lead to
mercury poisoning, un-pasteurized milk and cheese, alcohol and it is good to
reduce the amount of caffeine in your diet.
A theory which is called Kangaroo
Mother Care is very significant in dealing with preterm babies. The skin to
skin contact between the mother and child saves the little one's life. The
mother is encouraged to breast feed the baby as much as possible. Medical
experts say that as soon as the baby is held close to its parents all the vital
signs stabilize and the recovery is accelerated.