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Old 10-08-2012, 04:26 PM   #1
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Contractions at 32 weeks

My wife started to have painful contractions last night. After an examination at the hospital, they put her on an oral tocolytic treatment and a corticosteroid for a couple hours. The contractions got milder and less frequent (from every 2-3 mins to every 5-6 mins) but didn't stop so the doctor decided to switch to a "second line drug" through IV and she will need to stay and be observed for at least 48 hours. She managed to sleep for a couple hours and said she was feeling better when she woke up, with the contractions being milder and occurring every 10 minutes or so. I am quite confused by what I have been reading about pre-term contractions. I've read several articles that say that tocolytic treatments can only buy time for a couple days at best. Yet other articles say that the majority of women with pre-natal contractions still manage to carry to full term. Does the fact that they are using tocolytic treatment mean that we are likely to be days away?

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