Understanding Preterm Labor: Expert Insights by Dr. Renee Obey

Preterm labor, a term that echoes uncertainty and concern among expecting mothers, is a condition that warrants thoughtful attention and specialized care. At Summit Women’s & Wellness Medical Group, led by the esteemed Dr. Renee Obey, we delve into this intricate topic, offering both understanding and guidance to those it may affect.

The Basics of Preterm Labor

Preterm labor occurs when regular contractions result in the opening of your cervix after week 20 and before week 37 of pregnancy. This early onset of labor can lead to preterm birth, which poses various risks for the newborn. Recognizing the symptoms early on is crucial. These can include contractions, changes in vaginal discharge, pelvic pressure, and lower back pain.

Risk Factors and Prevention

Understanding the risk factors is key in prevention. These include previous preterm births, multiple pregnancies, certain health conditions, and lifestyle factors. At Summit Women’s & Wellness Medical Group, we emphasize the importance of regular prenatal care. Our comprehensive Obstetrics services provide vigilant monitoring to identify and manage potential risks early.

Navigating Treatment Options

When preterm labor is detected, the course of action depends on the pregnancy’s stage and the mother’s and baby’s health. Treatments may involve medications to delay birth or assist in fetal development. In some cases, Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy can play a role in managing symptoms or complications associated with preterm labor.

The Role of Lifestyle and Nutrition

Lifestyle modifications can significantly impact the management of preterm labor. Stress reduction, proper nutrition, and avoiding harmful substances are key. Our Nutrition services offer personalized guidance to ensure you and your baby receive optimal nourishment during this critical time.

Support Beyond Medical Intervention

At our center, we understand that emotional and mental support is vital. Our Virtual Classes and Support Groups provide a platform for sharing experiences and gaining insights from others who understand your journey.

Additionally, our compassionate team offers personalized counseling and emotional wellness strategies, recognizing that each mother’s experience is unique. These support services are designed to nurture not just physical health, but also to foster a sense of community and resilience, essential for navigating the complexities of preterm labor.

Preterm Labor and Beyond: Comprehensive Care

Our commitment to your health extends beyond the birth. Postpartum care, including Menopausal Care and Preventative Care, ensures ongoing support throughout every stage of a woman’s life. To address the holistic needs of our patients, we also integrate services like Functional Medicine and Weight Loss, which are crucial for maintaining overall health and well-being. This comprehensive approach allows us to tailor care specifically to each woman’s evolving health needs, ensuring a continuum of care that adapts and responds as her life changes.

Final Thoughts: Embracing the Journey

Preterm labor presents challenges, but with the right support and knowledge, it can be managed effectively. Dr. Renee Obey and the dedicated team at Summit Women’s & Wellness Medical Group in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, are here to guide you through every step. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us at 909-736-9091.


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  3. National Institutes of Health. (2023). Preterm Labor and Birth: Research Activities and Scientific Advances.