Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Aug;203(2):89-100. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2010.02.004. Epub 2010 Apr 24.

Care for women with prior preterm birth.

Author information

  • 1Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH.

Abstract

Women who have delivered an infant between 16 and 36 weeks' gestation have an increased risk of preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies. The risk increases with more than 1 preterm birth and is inversely proportional to the gestational age of the previous preterm birth. African American women have rates of recurrent preterm birth that are nearly twice that of women of other backgrounds. An approximate risk of recurrent preterm birth can be estimated by a comprehensive reproductive history, with emphasis on maternal race, the number and gestational age of prior births, and the sequence of events preceding the index preterm birth. Interventions including smoking cessation, eradication of asymptomatic bacteriuria, progestational agents, and cervical cerclage can reduce the risk of recurrent preterm birth when employed appropriately.

Copyright (c) 2010 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

Comment in

PMID:
20417491
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC3648852
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk