Navigating the Challenges of Preterm Labor: Insights from Maternal Fetal Medicine Experts

By on February 6, 2024

On the most recent episode of the Healthful Woman podcast, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, Dr. Nathan Fox and Dr. Jessica Spiegelman recently discussed the intricacies of preterm labor and preterm contractions—two common occurrences that can leave many expecting mothers afraid and in the dark. Join Maternal Fetal Medicine Associates as we explore and highlight key takeaways from the podcast and help guide expectant mothers through this complex journey.

Podcast Overview

Healthful Woman’s podcast, titled “Diagnosis and Management of Preterm Labor,” features an insightful conversation with maternal-fetal medicine specialists, Dr. Nathan Fox and renowned Dr. Jessica Spiegelman. Dr. Fox and Dr. Spiegelman share their expertise on the various aspects of preterm labor, explaining why it occurs, what makes it different from preterm contractions, possible complications, and why most cases resolve themselves.

Key Takeaways

Preterm Labor is Incredibly Common

An expert on the subject, Dr. Spiegelman emphasizes that preterm labor, defined as being 37 weeks of pregnancy, is more common than most patients realize—even more common than preterm birth. She explains, “Not all preterm labor ends in preterm birth, but it’s an experience that a lot of people might have in their pregnancy.”

Contractions Don’t Equal Labor

Preterm labor can be hard for a patient to determine considering pregnancy symptoms commonly include phantom contractions or cramping. Dr. Spiegelman defines labor as “contractions causing cervical change. And then when you go into the preterm period, we kind of add the additional definition of if you are two centimeters dilated.”

Evidence For Steroids

The conversation delves into advancements in technology that aid in preterm labor management. These steroids can be crucial for the safety of the infant after birth. Dr. Spigelman notes, “[steroid injections] help to accelerate fetal lung maturity, and then they also help decrease risks of some other prematurity complications like bleeds in the brain, gut issues, and overall kind of mortality risk with prematurity. ”

How Maternal Fetal Medicine Associates Can Help

Navigating the challenges of preterm labor requires expertise, compassion, and a commitment to staying at the forefront of medical advancements. At Maternal Fetal Medicine Associates, we understand the challenges and fears that come with preterm labor. Our team of experienced specialists, including the accomplished Dr. Spiegelman, is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and support throughout your pregnancy journey.

The insights shared in the Healthful Woman podcast underscore the dedication of Maternal Fetal Medicine Associates to providing top-notch care for expectant mothers. Whether it’s early screenings or personalized care plans, we prioritize your well-being and the health of your baby. If you or someone you know is on this journey, we invite you to contact us and discover how our specialized team can make a difference in your pregnancy experience.

Maternal Fetal Medicine blogs are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace certified professional care. Medical conditions vary and change frequently. Please ask your doctor any questions you may have regarding your condition to receive a proper diagnosis or risk analysis. Thank you!

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