Preterm Labor and Progesterone

by Alfredo
(Colombia)

I have a daughter, 28 years old, pregnant in her 24th week. This week she was admitted to the hospital with preterm labor.

She was prescribed nifedipine and complete rest, and now things are better but she stills has some contractions every now and then. I wonder if progesterone could help in a situation like that? Thanks.

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Oct 07, 2011
YES YES
by: Annette Canada

Yes get her Natpro right away, I wish I would of discovered it while i was pregnant. I had a preterm baby at 29 weeks and it was a horrible experience. Preterm births are mostly caused by falling progesterone levels. Make sue she takes a minimum 200 milligrams a day, half in the morning, half at night. Also 5000 iu's of vitamin d a day, vital for the babies growth as well. She should also stay on Natpro after the baby is born to avoid post natal depression. I'm sure Wray will tell you the same thing. Hope this helps until Wray responds.

Oct 10, 2011
Preterm Labor and Progesterone
by: Wray

Hi Alfredo I believe it could help, it's been used successfully for pre-term labour. There are papers about it on our Pregnancy page. Has her progesterone level been checked? They should have done this. The amount of progesterone needed does have to be high, 200-400mg/day or more. Did your daughter suffer any excess stress recently? I ask this as stress drops progesterone sharply, I had 5 miscarriages all brought on by stress. Including separating two dogs fighting! Take care Wray

Oct 10, 2011
Yes Yes
by: Wray

Hi Annette Bless you once again!! Take care Wray

Oct 10, 2011
Thanks for your answer
by: Anonymous

Hi Wray, my daughter is doing better but she still feels some soft contractions every now and then. I learned that she is also been given progesterone in the form of GESLUTIN, 200 mg per day, orally besides the nifedipine. I would be thankful if you give us your opinion on these 2 drugs?

She is receiving the sun every day for 15-20 minutes with more than 50% of her skin exposed.

Thanks again for your answer.

Alfredo E.

Dec 18, 2011
Thanks for your answer
by: Wray

Hi Alfredo I don't know why I keep missing your queries, so once again, many apologies. And now of course she's nearing term, I do hope she's fine and the contractions have calmed down. The amount of progesterone is good, but it's far better she uses it vaginally, as oral progesterone is the least effective Delivery system. Most of it is destroyed by the gut and liver. I don't understand why she's taking the nifedipine. Does she have high blood pressure? I'm so happy she's getting some sun too, that's the best for high blood pressure, and the baby too, see these papers on high BP here, here here and here. And these on pregnancy, here, here, here, here and here. These are excellent videos to watch too, see here and here. Take care Wray

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