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Preterm Birth Prevention

Happy Expectant Mother

Do the following to help prevent a preterm birth:

  • Drink 8-10 glasses of liquid every day.
  • Prevent and treat constipation.
  • Empty your bladder frequently.
  • Decrease stress in your life.
  • Avoid strenuous activities if they produce contractions.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Do not prepare your nipples for breast feeding.
  • Report signs of a bladder infection.
  • Check daily for contractions and warning signs.
  • Eat regular and nutritious meals.

Check twice daily for contractions (30 minutes each time):

  • Lie on your left side with a pillow behind your back for support.
  • Place your fingertips on your abdomen.
  • When uterus feels tight and hard, then soft, that is a contraction.
  • Note the time and the start of one tightening to the start of the next tightening.
  • It is normal to have some contractions during pregnancy. If you feel more than five in an hour, it is too many.