Pressure in the pelvis and tightening in the thighs
You will be asked about your symptoms and health history. An exam will be done. This is often enough to make the diagnosis.
Treatment will depend on your baby's growth, especially the lungs. Labor may be allowed to go on in a baby that is more developed. The doctor may try to stop labor in a baby that is not developed enough.
Some ways this may be treated are with:
Tocolytics to try to delay labor for a few days
Corticosteroids to help the baby's lungs grow
Antibiotics to treat an infection
This problem cannot always be prevented. Early and regular prenatal care can help find and treat some problems before they happen.
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