I am 21 weeks pregnant with my fourth baby and I'm having severe contractions. I have preterm labor every time. Are my contractions stronger because it is my fourth or could it be preterm labor again?
Certainly it could be preterm labor, and that is the greatest concern. With a fourth baby, Braxton Hicks contractions are more common and occur earlier. However, it is very important that you have a cervical check by your doctor to make sure that you are not in preterm labor.
You may have the contractions yet not thin your cervix, and that is why it is important to be checked by your doctor. If you are experiencing preterm labor, there are medications that can be used that may stop the labor.
Having a previous preterm baby certainly increases your risk for preterm labor/delivery with this baby. It is very important that you speak with your doctor and have an examination. Brethine is a pill that some doctors use to decrease uterine contractions. However, frankly, this use is somewhat controversial. Some doctors feel that it does not work and others believe it does. There are reported cases of it contributing to heart and lung problems in the mother.
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