Criteria

Gestational age (GA) < 37 weeks with regular uterine contractions and: ■ Progressive cervical change or or or

A cervix that is 2 cm dilated A cervix 80% effaced Ruptured membranes

Braxton Hicks contractions (irregular, nonrhythmical, usually painless contractions that begin at early gestation and increase as term approaches) may make it difficult to distinguish between true and false labor.

The common denominator among these fetal and maternal conditions that may induce preterm labor has not been determined.

Most infants born after 34 weeks' GA will survive (the survival rate is within 1% of the survival rate beyond 37 weeks).

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