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What do doctors do when a woman is in premature labor?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

When a woman presents with preterm labor in the hospital, the care team will hydrate the woman and give her magnesium sulfate if she is a candidate or other medications to slow down contractions and slow or stop the labor. In true preterm labor, the cervix will continue to dilate and the baby will deliver, no matter how far along the pregnancy is. Docs try to slow down the labor process to buy enough time to give you steroids, which help mature the baby's lungs. It takes between 7 and 10 days of steroids to get lungs mature before the 37th week.

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