Premature labor occurs when a woman gives birth before the 37th week of gestation. The goal of every gynecologist is to get the pregnancy as close as possible to the 40th week where the fetal development is complete.
Tocolytic medications should be used with caution and up to the critical 34th week of gestation, age where a fetus is considered to have high survival rates. No drug is innocent and the fewer drugs we use during pregnancy, the better.
The use of tocolytic drugs should be for 2-7 days (max), not for the “baby to grow up”, as it is incorrectly presumed, but in order to give cortisone time to prepare the fetal lungs for the first breath, but also for the general maturation of the lungs.
In 23 worldwide studies with 2036 participating women, it has been found that magnesium sulfate does NOT reduce the risk of premature birth and should therefore not be administered for this purpose.
Furthermore, the administration of multiple tocolytic drugs at the same time should be avoided, as they can cause serious problems for both the pregnant woman and the fetus, based on studies and guidelines in effect since February 2011.
Worldwide studies help to achieve the desired result without unnecessary use of drugs that actually do not help, regardless of the fact that they have been administered for many years.
Proper nutrition is the key to a good pregnancy. The magnesium that the pregnant woman needs can easily be obtained from foods such as beans, cabbage, beets, oranges, chicken, beef and eggs.