A pregnant woman has many worries to tackle as they advance in pregnancy. The most common fear that grips pregnant women of all ages is that of a preterm delivery. Most of us are aware of the implications of a premature delivery and the health risks that it can pose on the baby.
Premature delivery is not an uncommon episode and any pregnant woman is susceptible to a pre term labour, provided the conditions work adversely against them. Hence all women who are pregnant must be aware of the symptoms and what can be done to possibly prolong the delivery and prevent it if possible.
There are several warning signals that must be carefully noticed and reported to the doctor to prevent premature deliveries. If at any time in your pregnancy, you notice unnatural symptoms like increased fluid leak, spotting or bloody or brownish discharge from your vagina, contractions, abdominal cramps etc. do not ignore these symptoms as normal as it could be a warning signal or an impending premature labour or a miscarriage.
Some Ways to Stop Premature Delivery
1. Premature Delivery Symptom Check
Women who are pregnant for the first time are mostly unaware of what symptoms to keep a watch for when they are pregnant. This is the main reason for a number of premature deliveries. Even if there have been symptoms that warned them of this possible risk, they could have been ignorant and would have ignored it completely. To avoid such complications in your life, ensure that you know what to look for.
When you are going into a premature labour, you would almost always have pain which is right down in the lower abdominal area. It could be followed by brownish or reddish vaginal discharge. In harmless cases, the pain would subside after some time. But in a premature labour, the pain would go on to increase and would come and go along with contractions. The contractions that you feel would have longer gaps at first. The gaps would decrease and you will soon start getting unbearable pain and contractions in fewer intervals. Your water too must have broken by now.
Do not wait for these symptoms to advance. Call for help immediately if you feel pain in the abdomen or have noticed bloody vaginal discharge. The earlier you are in the hospital, the better your chances of getting the labour delayed with the assistance of the doctor.
2. Keep Your Bladder Empty if You Suspect Premature Labour
At the first sign if premature labour, most women cannot think coherently. They are in a state of shock and panic beyond control. If they are alone, matters become worse. The first thing to do is to call for help. Once you have done that, ensure that you empty your bladder completely. I know women who were in mortal fear of emptying the bladder as they feared that the release of pressure from the bladder will release the baby as well. They have all gone into premature deliveries.
A full bladder and holding back the urge will make matters worse and prevent your chances of controlling a premature delivery. When you empty your bladder, your give some relief to the pressure on your uterus. This will help in relieving the contractions a little. Make sure your bladder is completely empty before you go to the hospital which will help you in holding back the need to push.
3. Importance of Relaxation to Prevent Premature Delivery
When you feel the symptoms of premature delivery, it is important not to panic but relax. Panicking will increase your heartbeat and blood pressure and make matters worse. Once you are sure that the right people are informed wait for them to come. Lie on the bed sideways on the left side to improve the blood circulation to the baby.
Make sure that you do not lie on your back as this will harm the baby and greatly increase the contractions too. Try some relaxation techniques like breathing in and out and leaving your mind in a meditative mode. This will ease your tensions a great deal.
4. Stay Hydrated When You Have Contractions
Contractions during premature delivery can be controlled by drinking water as leaving your body dry can lead to more contractions. Drink 2-3 glasses of water when you feel the sharp pain and contractions. This will hydrate your body and reduce muscle spasms. You will have some time at hand to control the spasms until you are in the safe hands of an obstetrician.
While you feel the contraction initially itself, start drinking water to reduce the twitching. And remember to also empty your bladder as you will surely feel like urinating more with the consumption of water. If you are not in a position to get up and go to the toilet, which could even be a dangerous idea when you are alone, never mind the manners, urinate where you are lying down. All you need to think about now is yourself and the baby inside you.
5. Keep Check on Your Contractions
You can keep a check on the contractions that you feel. This will help the obstetrician make quick assessments once you are in the labour room. The timing of the contractions will help the doctor understand the condition you are in and what precautions and actions to undertake to prevent or facilitate a delivery.
Continue the breathing exercises to remain calm and stress free during this time. This will increase your confidence and power to control your contractions. If these simple things can be taken care of, most women can avoid a pre term labour.
6. Magnesium Sulphate for Stopping Contractions
When you are in the hospital, your doctor will do her best to stop the contractions and take the best possible course of action to help you and the baby. Magnesium sulphate might be administered in an attempt to stop the contractions. Medications for stopping contractions in the uterus may also be administered. If nothing works, you would be wheeled in for a C section or vaginal delivery, depending on your physical health and condition of the baby. Do not panic as you have done your best to stop a premature delivery. Many per term babies are still healthy and happy.