While you are pregnant, there are a number of mortal fears that flash through your mind. The most commonly occurring one could be that of a premature delivery. Premature delivery is indeed a scary and deeply traumatising experience. It is also quite widespread due to many reasons.
Many women panic at the very thought of premature delivery. Therefore when they are actually faced with one, their panic attacks are deeper which will in fact lead to more catastrophes. A labour is termed premature when it happens before it is 37 weeks. There are certain signs and symptoms associated with premature delivery, which most women are only too aware of. Keeping your eyes and senses wide open is very essential in order to avoid premature deliveries.
Most of us know the complications and health impacts on a baby that is born preterm. Thus, as mothers, it becomes our moral responsibility to prevent preterm labours by taking good care of yourself and also by looking for warning signals and responding to them with immediate medical care.
Ways to Prevent Preterm Labour
Identify The Symptoms of Preterm Labour
Most first time mothers are unaware of the dangerous signals that they have to watch out for in order to avoid premature deliveries. This is the main reason that leads to a number of premature babies that have health complications that are sometimes chronic. Every pregnant woman must be aware of the symptoms associated with premature deliveries and seek immediate help in order to avoid late miscarriages and premature deliveries.
A premature labour mostly starts with pain in the lower part of the abdomen. You could have noticed blood from your vagina that could be brownish or fresh. There would also be changes in vaginal discharge. Like a normal delivery, you will start getting contractions and would move on from longer gaps to gaps that are less than 8-10 minutes apart.
You will also feel some pressure in your pelvic area while going on to have a preterm labour. If you notice any of these symptoms, do not wait for the symptoms to worsen. Immediately consult the obstetrician who will be able to arrest the progress of your preterm delivery with medication if you are on time.
Importance of Keeping an Empty Bladder When You Have Contractions
While you feel the pressure, contractions and pain in your abdomen, you must not panic and let go. Do everything in your capacity to relax and ease the pressure in your abdomen. In your stressed out condition, you could be holding back the urge to urinate. You are making a mistake here! A bladder that is full will exert more pressure in the uterus and increase the discomfort and contractions that you feel inside the uterus.
If you want to stop your premature delivery, think sensibly before you even head to the hospital. Empty your bladder completely before you go. You may not get a chance to do that once you are on the way. Emptying the bladder itself will ease some pressure off the uterus and give you more time to hold back the contractions until you reach the hospital or until help is near.
Rest When You Feel the Contractions
We know that your first reaction to contractions that are preterm is to turn hysterical, especially if you are alone and help is not near. Be calm! Running around and panicking can only worsen the symptoms and lead to a disaster that you do not want to happen at any cost. Calmly, let your loved ones know and take rest. Lie down on the bed and position yourself on the left side while lying down in order to facilitate proper blood flow to the baby. Your baby could already be distressed. You do not want to add to its woes.
Do not lie on the back at any cost as this could be dangerous for the baby and also result in increased contractions. Stay quiet and stay on the bed. Leave the door open for your near and dear ones to walk in. You may not be able to get up at a later stage. One help is near you will be in safe hands. You might be advised complete bed rest or might be put in the hospital under medical care to prolong your delivery as long as possible for the health of the baby.
Don’t Allow Yourself to be Dehydrated
Dehydration can lead to more contractions and muscle spasms. When you head to the bed, keep a jug of water by your side. Drink a few glasses of water when you feel the contractions. It could stop or reduce which is all you need at this time until you are in the hospital.
Check Your Contractions
Keep a check on your contractions using a stopwatch. This could help you give quick information to the obstetrician when you are in the labour room. You can also predict how far advanced you are in the preterm labour. It helps if you can do some breathing exercises to stay calm as stress could speed up the contractions and lead to a definite preterm delivery. Your job is to avoid a preterm delivery as much as you can, especially if you are in the early stages of the third trimester. Your doctor may be able to prolong your delivery with help from you.
Medications for Premature Delivery
Once you have reached the hospital, you need not panic anymore. Your doctor is competent enough to handle such situations. If you have done everything correctly, she can even stop the symptoms and lead you safely back for a few more crucial days or weeks. Mediations will be administered to stop the labour.
You may be administered magnesium sulphate intravenously which will put an end to contractions. For stopping uterine contractions, terbutaline would be given. This would do away with your symptoms and you would be perfectly normal to continue with your very pregnant days. Pregnancy is a complicated phase in your life as it is joyous. Be informed in order to keep your baby from risks.