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EARLY LABOUR DETECTOR TO PREVENT PREMATURE BIRTHS

Posted Jan 05 2011 12:00am

Pregnancy is usually a joyous time for everyone involved, but sadly this time can be complicated with worries of varying kinds. For persons who have finally become pregnant after struggling with infertility, there is mixed emotions as you are so elated from finally becoming pregnant and now you cannot help but think that this is too good to be true, and then worry that something might go wrong.

One of these worries being, having a premature birth. I had so much anxiety in my pregnancy with my son, after years of struggling with infertility and suffering a miscarriage a few months before. I also had a lot of cramping and tightening of my stomach and was actually terrified that this could be signs of pre-term labour. Luckily, for me, with the help of my OB, I had a full term pregnancy.
There is currently a prototype that has been built by some Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students, and is now undergoing testing in animals. With further refinement, the students say, their system could eventually help physicians discover early signs of labour and allow the doctors to delay preterm deliveries, giving these babies more time to mature. 
This is certainly good news for women of childbearing age, and all others concerned, because, should this materialise, it would be one less thing to be concerned about during pregnancy.
See link for article in Medical News Today, below:
  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/195566.php
From article:-
“The normal length of a pregnancy is 40 weeks, while babies born before 37 weeks gestation are considered to be preterm. By detecting preterm contractions with greater accuracy and sensitivity than existing tools, the new system could allow doctors to take steps at an earlier stage to prevent premature births, its inventors say.” 

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