Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you're having contractions that you think might be a symptom of preterm labor, try walking, resting or changing your position. This might halt false labor contractions. If you're in true preterm labor, however, your contractions will continue. Keep in mind that preterm contractions are common and don't necessarily mean that your cervix will begin to open.

Sometimes bed rest and drinking fluids are recommended, but neither is a proven remedy for halting preterm labor or preventing premature birth.

Feb. 24, 2012