What is Pre-term Labor?

Preterm labor and preterm birth are defined as active labor and a subsequent birth before 37 weeks gestation. According to the World Health Organization, complications surrounding preterm birth is the leading cause of death of children under 5 years old. More importantly, at least 75% of preterm births can be prevented with cost effective measures (WHO, 2018). 


Risk Factors 


There are a number of things that increase your risk of having a premature delivery. Among the risks are: 


  • Having a premature delivery in the past
  • Multiple pregnancy  
  • Getting late prenatal care 
  • Being overweight or underweight
  • High Blood Pressure  
  • Smoking 
  • Drinking Alcohol
  • Drug use  

Signs of Preterm labor 


Some signs that you may have preterm labor include: 

  • Contractions  
  • Vaginal Bleeding or Leaking 
  • Pressure in the pelvis  
  • Low dull backache 
  • Period like cramping 
  • Belly cramps  

One type of complication happens when the mother’s water breaks prematurely. This is known as premature rupture of membranes (PROM) and will not normally cause serious issues for either the woman or child. Preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM), however, can present far more serious problems and threaten the health of the unborn child.  


If you are pregnant and experience these symptoms, it is important that you see your physician right away.  There are a number of things that can be done to try and stop or delay premature delivery so it is crucial that you seek medical attention. 


If your doctor failed to diagnose and treat the condition leading to your child’s birth injury, you may want to seek legal help.  If you need a medical malpractice lawfirm with decades of experience handling cases involving birth injuries and pregnancy related injuries, contact the Holton Law Firm in Memphis at 888-443-4387 to discuss your case.