Understanding Preterm Labor
Premature labor is also known as preterm labor. If labor is induced anywhere up to three weeks before the due date this is known as preterm labor. This can be harmful for the baby, as it may stunt the infant's development. There are ways to delay preterm labor, however, which doctors may medically induce. Premature labor is in and of itself a complication, which may lead to further complications during pregnancy or after. It is thus important to understand signs of early labor or symptoms to get ahead of it in order to prevent preterm birth risks.
Premature labor symptoms
- Contractions occurring every 10 mins or so
- Backache near the lower parts of the back
- Flu-like symptoms or the inability to consume water (visit the doctors immediately)
- Cramps similar to those of menstrual cramps in the lower abdomen
- Vaginal discharge or bleeding
It is important to realize that some of these symptoms are a part of normal pregnancy but it is better to be safe than sorry.
There are certain factors which can put a person at risk for preterm labor. Some of these can be avoided by lifestyle changes.
- Substance abuse
- Poor prenatal care
- Preexisting health conditions like blood pressure
- History of preterm labor
- In vitro pregnancies
- Pregnancy with twins
- Obesity or being overweight
Most of these can be avoided. Yoga is a great prenatal method of caring for your body, mind and your little bun in the oven. We have a video on yoga during pregnancy below.
If you do end up needing medical assistance, a few things will be done to first delay labor. One of them would be to medically delay labor. Additionally, it might be that due to the eminent nature of pregnancy that your doctor might prescribe drugs to speed up the development of the baby's lungs.
If labor is seen to fruiting there is a chance that your child may be put into a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This is to help control the proper development of the child. It is unfortunate but babies born preterm are at a higher risk of developmental problems like autism, cerebral palsy, and lung, heart and vision problems.
A baby in the womb is an extension of the mother bearing it until it is born. It is therefore paramount to help yourself just as much as your child. Living a natural life, avoiding vices and regular exercise can help. For more advice on how to live an Ayurvedic life during your term consult our doctors.