Chorioamnionitis is a bacterial infection that causes irritation and inflammation of the amnion and chorion fetal membranes. ... read more »

Short Cervix In Pregnancy and Risk of Premature Delivery

The cervix is the cylindrical mouth of the uterus, separating it from the vagina. Normally, earlthe cervix is at least 3-4 cm long, and its length in pregnancy strengthens the protection of the fetus. ... read more »

Pregnancy Complications with Multiple Births

Pregnancy complications in twins are many-fold higher than with a singleton baby and include a higher rate of premature deliveries and fetal anomalies. ... read more »

Risks of Preterm or Premature Labor and Delivery

Learn about contractions and cervical changes before 37 weeks. ... read more »

Trichomoniasis During Pregnancy

Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease. When a pregnant woman is infected with trich, she may be at increased risk of problems during pregnancy such as early delivery. ... read more »

Premature Rupture of Fetal Membranes - PROM

Premature rupture of fetal membranes (PROM) is when the fetal membranes break prior to labor. ... read more »

Abnormal Labor

Abnormal labor is a broadly-defined condition that can indicate a particular part of the labor process is not occurring under normal circumstances. ... read more »

Complications, Vaginal Bleeding and Twin Pregnancy

Researchers and authors from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology with Washington University report women who experience vaginal bleeding early in a twin pregnancy may be at increased risk of pregnancy complications. ... read more »

Bacteria May Result in Preterm Birth

Bacteria could cause premature births, according to a new study.Preterm births occur when a pregnant woman's water breaks early. ... read more »

Bacteria Thins Placental Membranes, Triggers Premature Birth

Researchers have discovered a connection between certain bacteria, thinning membranes of the placental sac, and premature birth. ... read more »

Maternal Cigarette Smokers and Increased Risk of PPROM

PPROM or preterm premature rupture of membranes is considered more dangerous than PROM (premature rupture of membranes). PROM occurs after the 37th week of gestation, but labor soon follows. ... read more »

Can Vaginal beta-HCG Levels Predict PPROM?

Researchers in Tehran recently published a cross-sectional study on the effectiveness of vaginal b-human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) levels on predicting preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM). ... read more »

Will I Know When My Water Breaks?

Chances are you will know when your water breaks because it will happen in the hospital. Some estimates claim that around 75% of women don't have the Hollywood experience of their water breaking in the middle of dinner with close friends. ... read more »

Premature Births with Stress-Related Premature Aging of Placenta

Premature births are the subject of many scientific studies, including a recent one that links stress-related premature aging of the placenta to premature rupture of the placental membranes. ... read more »

Study: Labor Induction After a Premature Rupture

When a pregnant woman's membranes rupture between the 34th and 37th week of gestation, labor is often induced to reduce the risk of fetal infection and/or breathing problems. ... read more »

Mucus Plug And Bloody Show In Pregnancy

The cervical mucus plug is often expelled before labor so that the cervix can open to allow the baby to pass through to prepare for delivery. ... read more »

How Do You Know You Are In Labor - Early Labor Symptoms and Signs

As the pregnancy comes to an end, there are early labor symptoms and signs that mom will need to look for in order to recognize the beginning of labor. ... read more »