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Other Treatments for Preterm Labor and Delivery
- Lab tests—These may involve testing blood, urine, and cells from the cervix or amniotic fluid to look for infection.
Ultrasound—This test uses sound waves to create images of the inside of your body. In this case, the ultrasound is done to:
- Examine the placenta
- Check the baby’s age
- Look for birth defects in the baby
- See the position of the baby
- Measure the cervix and the amount of amniotic fluid
- Amniocentesis—This test involves removing a small amount of amniotic fluid to look for infection or to see if the baby’s lungs are mature.
Restricted Activity or Bed Rest
Late-Preterm Infants. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Committee Opinion No. 404, April 2008. (Reaffirmed 2011)
Premature labor. American Pregnancy Association website. Available at: http://americanpregnancy.org/labornbirth/prematurelabor.html. Updated May 2007. Accessed April 23, 2013.
Preterm labor and birth. March of Dimes website. Available at: http://www.marchofdimes.com/pregnancy/preterm%5Findepth.html. Updated September 2012. Accessed April 23, 2013.
Preterm labor. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq087.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20130423T0923201528. Accessed April 23, 2013.
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 03/2014
- Update Date: 04/30/2014