• Preventing Preterm Labor

    UK HealthCare supports the March of Dime's campaign, Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait, which is a multifaceted partnership of the March of Dimes, the Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute and the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

    Preterm labor may be linked to poor dental care. Have your teeth cleaned and checked regularly, especially during your pregnancy. Brush and floss after meals. Avoid sugary drinks before bed. 

    Preterm labor can be a serious problem. Call your doctor right away if you have any of these signs:

    • Contractions every 10 minutes or six contractions in an hour.
    • Change in vaginal discharge (leaking fluid or bleeding from your vagina).
    • Pelvic pressure - the feeling that your baby is pushing down.
    • Low, dull backache.
    • Cramps that feel like your period.
    • Abdominal cramps with or without diarrhea.