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Preterm Labor

Treatments for Preterm Labor

Treatments for preterm labor will depend in part on the woman’s pregnancy (e.g., how far along the pregnancy is), overall health and medical history. Treatment options may include:

  • Bed rest, either at home or in the hospital.
  • Hospital admittance: Specialized equipment or personnel may be required.
  • Tocolytic medications: These medications, which include terbutaline and magnesium sulfate, help slow or stop contractions.
  • Corticosteroids: These medications may help the fetus’ lung mature.
  • Cervical cerclage: In this procedure, used for women with an incompetent cervix, a doctor will suture the cervical opening.
  • Antibiotics, to treat infection.
  • Delivery: If the treatments don’t stop the labor, the baby may have to be delivered, and in some cases, a cesarean section may be recommended.

Locations for Preterm Labor