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Old 01-22-2011, 07:29 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am pregnant with number four, due in July, and have had three preemies.  Not horribly early, but the last two were in the NICU for a couple weeks.  35wks, 32wks, then 34wks.  I am 15wks tomorrow and already having a TON of BH contractions.  My OB has already given me Procardia (though we she doesn't want me taking it yet) and Mag. Ox., which I am supposed to be taking if the contractions come too close and too often.

 

I am wondering if anyone has any "natural" suggestions for dealing with contractions and PTL.  I am careful to drink lots of water and rest as much as possible.

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Has your OB suggested the weekly progesterone shots?  They have really been shown to help decrease the chances of ptl.

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She was hoping for natural ideas.


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If you're anemic it could lead to preterm labor. I recently upped my iron and D3 intake to prevent ptl myself.

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Good point... I was anemic with DS and on some pills that didn't help. This time I took FLoradix when my bloodwork came back low on iron/HB. Not only did I carry her nearly to 40 weeks, I also bled super little. With DS I bled forever.

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I would also get checked for bacterial vaginosis, yeast, and perhaps GBS, all of which can trigger preterm labor. I don't know about the mag ox prescription, but perhaps some supplemental magnesium (we take Natural Calm) would help too? Vitamin C can strengthen your amniotic sac as well--just in case.


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