Reducing Your Risk for Preterm Labor and Delivery
There are steps that people can take to lower the risk of preterm labor and delivery, such as:
- Getting routine prenatal care
- Staying active during pregnancy
- Eating a healthful diet that includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
- Avoiding illegal drugs and medicine misuse
- Lowering the risk of trauma by wearing a seatbelt inside vehicles
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Practice Bulletins—Obstetrics. Practice Bulletin No. 171: Management of Preterm Labor. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Oct;128(4):e155-64, reaffirmed 2018.
- How do health care providers diagnose preterm labor? National Institute of Child Health and Human Development website. Available at: https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/preterm/conditioninfo/diagnosed.
- Premature labor. American Pregnancy Association website. Available at: https://americanpregnancy.org/healthy-pregnancy/labor-and-birth/premature-labor.
- Preterm labor. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/preterm-labor.
- Preterm labor and birth. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: https://www.acog.org/patient-resources/faqs/labor-delivery-and-postpartum-care/preterm-labor-and-birth.
- Preterm labor and birth. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development website. Available at: https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/preterm.
- Elizabeth Margaret Prusak, MD
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