Preterm Labor

Labor that starts before completing 37 weeks of pregnancy is called preterm labor. The risk factors for preterm labor are smoking, being overweight or underweight, alcoholism, gestational diabetes or hypertension, and multiple pregnancy.

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I am five months pregnant and was suggested bed rest as my cervix is soft. Can I work for the time being?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old female, and my weight is 65 kg. I am 5 months pregnant, and my doctor suggested bed rest now because my cervix is soft. Can I at least work for exactly one month from now? I had taken a TVS scan that showed the cervical length was 3.9 cm, and the internal OS was clo...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is more than five months of gestation. According to your history, you had a short and soft cervix and were advised restricted activity and bed rest due to the risk of preterm labor. You have not mentioned your previous obstetrics, gynecology, drug, or medical hist...  Read Full »

I have two fibroids about 5 to 6 cm. Could that cause preterm labor?

Query: Hello doctor, I had preterm labor, and my baby was born at 27 weeks, but unfortunately, they had a brain bleed and passed away. I have two fibroids, about 5 to 6 cm. Could that cause preterm labor?  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Preterm labor can be the result of many reasons like intrauterine infection, cervical incompetence, fetal anomalies, intrauterine growth restriction, high blood pressure, abnormal placentation, trauma, multiple pregnancies, maternal uterine anomaly, prelabour preterm ru...  Read Full »

Why are the complications of fetus in a low head position?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 29 weeks pregnant. Yesterday, I had an ultrasound and the impressions are single live intrauterine fetus of 29 weeks gestation with posterior placenta of grade 2 maturity with adequate liquor with active fetal movements. Cervical length 3.91 cm, FHR 150 per minute, AFI 14.6 cm, EFW...  Read Full »

Dr. Megha Tuli

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query. Your report is absolutely normal. The head in the current scan is low down but at this stage, the baby keeps moving around. At present, it is down and the next moment it could be up or even in breach. So, the position of the baby is not very sig...  Read Full »

Can I have sex while I am pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 11 weeks pregnant. I had unprotected sex with my husband. Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy?  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. During the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, the placenta is not fully formed. So in this phase, having sex is not very safe. As you know, semen is not a sterile fluid. So, if it enters the cervix or the vagina, this can provoke bleeding, pain,...  Read Full »

Why did I have preterm labor?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a premature pregnancy in the 6th month. That was my first pregnancy. Suddenly, I had a stomach pain in the lower side and no other symptoms were found. We visited our doctor and she said that the cervix started to open slightly. I got severe pain, some medicines were given that nigh...  Read Full »

Dr. Dattaprasad Balasaheb Inamdar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Rubella or CMV infections (cytomegalovirus) generally do not cause midtrimester abortion, so are very less likely to be causative in your case.Rubella and CMV IgG values indicate that you have immunity to those infections and they likely had occurred in the remote past an...  Read Full »

I have had two miscarriages and one preterm labor with cerclage stitches. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I had two miscarriages in the fifth month of pregnancy. In my last pregnancy, I had cerclage stitches. However, the waterbag leaked at the end of the fifth month, and the pain started. The doctors had to open the stitches and deliver the baby as a normal delivery. What could be the rea...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. You have had two miscarriages and one preterm labor with cerclage stitches and cervical incompetence. Three or more consecutive pregnancy loss is known as recurrent miscarriage. These can occur due to the followin...  Read Full »

My 11-month-old baby is not able to sit. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby is preterm, and the corrected age is 11 months and 6 days. He is still not sitting. When we consulted a doctor, he advised for PT. And he said, we may need to check an MRI after 15 months of age if it persists. What is your advice?  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concerns. A child starts to sit without support at 8 months of age and with support at 5 months of age. So, the development is delayed in your child, and the most probable cause for this is preterm birth. The doctor has rightly said that MRI ...  Read Full »

Is labor induction safe for the mother and baby at 36 weeks of pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor,My spouse is 36 weeks pregnant. We noted that her blood pressure has been fluctuating since yesterday. We called the doctor, and they kept her under observation for a couple of hours and did some blood and urine tests. She did not have any other symptoms like headache, pain in the abdom...  Read Full »

Dr. Lorena Zijaj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This age of gestation is considered near term, and the baby is mature enough. High blood pressure is the indication for labor induction. It can be associated with albuminuria and pre-eclampsia. Also, baby movements are essential to evaluate the heartbeats of the ...  Read Full »

My pregnant wife had unexpected pain in her lower stomach and back, which resolved the next day. Is it labor pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is in her 30th week, and she had pain in her lower stomach last night. Also, she was having sharp pain in her lower back. She struggled a lot, and we thought it to be labor pain, but later she was fine in the morning. Is this labor pain, and why did she have this pain? Is it some...  Read Full »

Dr. Sunita Kothari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It can be UTI (urinary tract infection), or it can be premature labor. I suggest she take a capsule of Duvadilan Retard (Isoxsuprine) once a day for 15 days and take complete bed rest. I hope this has helped you. Thanks and regards.  Read Full »

What does HSV IgG positive mean?

Query: Hi doctor, As my wife had a failed premature delivery, we both had given for chromosome test. The result showed positive for HSV IgG, rubella IgG and CMV IgG. We are very much bothered. Please tell us the reason for this. Does it mean that we are infected with that virus before? Please clarify.  Read Full »

Dr. Radhakrishnan Nair Bhaskaran

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your karyotyping were normal and it gives the meaning of no chromosomal abnormalities (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Coming to IgG positive test, when you contract a viral infection or after vaccination, the antibody produced ...  Read Full »

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