Preterm labour the first time? What you need to know the second time

Tips to prepare your body for a premature birth

Preterm labour the first time? What you need to know the second time

Second time pregnant? Congratulations! However, the questions still remain and the doubts still prevail. If you have had a premature delivery the first time, the chances that you will have a premature delivery the second time around are quite high. However, many women who have experienced a premature delivery the first time, are known to carry a full term – this is very likely too.

The likelihood of a second premature delivery depends on how premature the first one was born:

  • If your baby was born premature between 21 weeks and 31 weeks of pregnancy, then there is a higher chance of premature birth the second time.
  • If your baby was born between 32 weeks and 36 weeks of pregnancy, then there is lesser chance of premature birth the second time.It can be a little daunting to know the possibility of another premature birth, but foreknowledge keeps you prepared in a better manner. You will take extra care, when you reach the particular stage of pregnancy.

Try these tips to prepare your body for a preterm labor:

  • As soon as you get pregnant the second time, consult your doctor. If it is the same doctor, she may already be aware of the history of premature birth.If you are consulting a new doctor for some reason, explicitly mention the instance of premature birth and take advice on the precautions.
  • Avoid smoking, alcohol or drugs during your pregnancy. Try to keep away from social drinking too.
  • Maintain a healthy weight during your pregnancy. Being overweight or underweight during pregnancy can increase your chances of premature birth.

Based on your medical history, the doctor will assess the cause of premature labor and will issue a set of precautions to be taken. If the cause is cervical weakness, then the doctor will stitch the cervical opening to avoid any premature delivery. The doctor will carefully monitor your pregnancy as it progresses. You may be advised to take complete bed rest, if need be.

Always remember to keep an emergency contact list ready, in case you need to reach the hospital at short notice.

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