Monday, November 4, 2013

November is Prematurity Awareness Month

Healthy babies begin with healthy mothers....

By Amanda Reed, MD

Pregnancy is one of the most exciting and vulnerable times of a woman's life. Most of us have thought about pregnancy and how our pregnancy would go long before we were actually pregnant. Most of the time, everything goes just right. However, almost one in eight women deliver preterm (defined as less than 37 weeks).
If a woman believes she is in preterm labor, she should call her doctor immediately and be evaluated.

Why do women give birth early?
Half of preterm deliveries are because of preterm labor, while the other half has a medical indication for early delivery such as preeclampsia or their bag of water may have broken early.

Who is at increased risk?
There are some risk factors for preterm delivery. They include women with a history of preterm delivery, short cervical length noted on ultrasound, a history of cervical surgeries such as a D&C, and smoking (another reason to quit ladies). If a woman is found to have a short cervical length, there are medical management options. Women with a history of preterm delivery are treated with medications in later pregnancies.

The providers of Women’s Care believe having a healthy pregnancy starts before a woman is pregnant. Healthy babies begin with healthy mothers. We promote a well-balanced lifestyle to our patients, which means preconception care, proper nutrition, routine exercise, a healthy, safe environment, as well as a daily prenatal vitamin with folic acid. With good guidance, avoidable conditions that may have everlasting consequences may be prevented. We would love the privilege to take care of you and answer any questions you might have about pregnancy care or preterm deliveries.

About Women’s Care of Wisconsin The providers at Women’s Care of Wisconsin are devoted to you and your health. That means having the most advanced techniques, up-to-date educational information and a compassionate, caring staff. Our providers offer a well-rounded approach to your OB/GYN care, one that meets both your physical and emotional needs throughout every phase of your life. We call it our Circle of Care. From adolescence through menopause and beyond, you can depend on us. Meet our providers and learn more about gynecology, pregnancy care, midwifery, infertility, procedures and surgery, incontinence, osteoporosis, menopause and more at or call 920.729.7105 for any questions or concerns.