Many women diagnosed with preterm labor deliver at or near term. However, there are no medications or surgical procedures to stop preterm labor, once it has started. In some cases, preterm labor associated with problems such as an infection or smoking can be managed by treating the infection or quitting smoking.

Preterm labor could lead to premature birth. This can pose a number of health concerns, such as low birth weight, breathing difficulties, underdeveloped organs and vision problems. Children who are born prematurely also have a higher risk of learning disabilities and behavioral problems.

Oct. 19, 2016