What happens if your healthcare provider instructs you to go to the hospital?

After you talk to your healthcare provider about your signs of premature labor, he or she might tell you to go to the hospital. Once you arrive:

  • Your pulse, blood pressure, and temperature will be checked.
  • A monitor will be placed on your abdomen to check the baby’s heart rate and evaluate uterine contractions.
  • Your cervix will be checked to see if it is opening.

If you are in premature labor, you might receive medicine to stop labor. If the labor has progressed and cannot be stopped, you might need to deliver your baby. If you are not in premature labor, you will be able to go home.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 12/31/2017.

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