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Premature Labour



Premature labour is diagnosed when painful uterine contractions start before 36 completed weeks of gestation and lead to progressive dilatation of the cervix (neck of the womb).




If a patient is diagnosed with premature labour, attempts are made to stop the contractions by the use of medications either in the form of tablets or in a drip.


The choice of medication depends on the severity of the contractions as well as dilatation of the cervix at the time of diagnosis. Two injections of steroids are given in order to hasten the maturation of baby's lungs as well as to reduce the risk of bleeding in the baby's brain if the labour inhibition is not successful.





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 Division of
Maternal Fetal Medicine


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A/Prof Su Lin Lin


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Prof Arijit Biswas

Prof Chong Yap Seng

A/Prof Mary Rauff

A/Prof Wong Yee Chee

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Dr Chua Tsei Meng

Dr Vanaja Kalaichelvan

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