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Lola Rovati @Lolarovati

To prevent premature births, adequate pregnancy control is recommended and alert to possible warning signs. Each day the baby passes into the womb is a very valuable time, so any precaution is small.

In this sense, the University Hospital of Navarra has just announced that it will incorporate in its usual protocol for the control of pregnancy the length of the cervix as an indicator of risk of premature birth in all patients, both in those who have a risk pregnancy like the ones that do not

In this way, they intend to prevent preterm deliveries because, following an international study, it has been proven that in pregnant women with a short cervix detected in the middle of pregnancy, treatment with vaginal progesterone has significantly reduced the chances of giving birth prematurely.

The international work entitled 'Pregnant trial' is a randomized study in which two groups of women who presented early shortening of the cervix were compared and evaluated by systematic ultrasound. One of the two groups of pregnant women was treated with progesterone and the other was not.

They found that those women who had a short cervix and were treated with progesterone in the middle of pregnancy reduced between 40 and 50 percent the probability of having a labor before the 35th week of gestation.

In light of these solid results, the University Hospital of Navarra has decided to perform the cervical measurement by ultrasound between weeks 20 and 23 of pregnancy. An effective and accessible measure that can help reduce the number of premature births.

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