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Q&A: What Medications Stop Labor Progression?

What kinds of medicine can I be given to help slow the progression of labor so that that my baby isn't born prematurely?
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Registered Nurse
Updated
March 2, 2017
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It’s important to note first that each pregnancy and delivery is different, and that your doctor is going to have to factor in a number of things to determine whether or not they can administer medicine to stop labor from progressing. That being said, doctors may be able to delay labor by using drugs that suppress contractions, known as tocolytics. With these drugs, you may be giving your baby extra hours, days, or even a week or so in the womb where baby can grow stronger before birth.

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