A. True versus false:
Labor is said to be true if it results in
effacement and dilation
B. Preterm labor:
Before 37 weeks' gestation
1) Newborn complications related
to preterm birth
(a) Respiratory difficulty
and increased chronic respiratory problems
(b) More prone to illnesses and
(c) In general, all organs have not fully
matured. All bodily systems are not functioning as well as those of a full-term
normal newborn, which subsequently causes the baby to have numerous problems,
making the early months of life difficult.
(a) Stop any smoking, intake of
drugs and alcohol.
(b) Eat balanced, nutritious meals; gain
(c) Signs of preterm labor: Any signs
and symptoms of impending labor before 37 weeks
(d) Intervention: Empty bladder; lie
down on left side at least 1 hour (increases oxygen to baby and uterus);
drink at least 3 to 4 glasses of fluid while resting; feel abdomen and
record pattern of contractions; if signs and symptoms do not cease, notify
OB care provider with your name, due date, and signs and symptoms.