There are steps that you can take before you become pregnant and during your pregnancy to reduce your risk of preterm labor and delivery.
To reduce the risk of preterm labor progressing to preterm delivery, learn the signs of preterm labor. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any signs of preterm labor.
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Prevention of preterm labor and preterm birth. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T900646/Prevention-of-preterm-labor-and-preterm-birth. Updated September 10, 2016. Accessed October 6, 2016.
Reduce your risk of preterm labor and birth. March of Dimes website. Available at: http://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/preterm-labor-and-premature-birth.aspx. Updated September 2012. Accessed April 23, 2013.
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Last reviewed March 2016 by Karli-Rae Kerrschneider, RN
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