fFN (Fetal Fibronectin) Test

Test Your Knowledge — Answers

How much do you know about premature birth?

  • 1. Preterm birth, or a birth before 37 weeks gestation, is rare in the United States.

The answer is false.

Preterm birth is common in the United States: According to the March of Dimes, 1 in 8 births in the U.S. is preterm — that's 500,000 births each year. And this number is increasing.

(Source: www.marchofdimes.com)

  • 2. Menstrual-like cramps, contractions, and backache can be symptoms of premature labor.

The answer is true.

The symptoms of preterm labor can feel like menstrual symptoms, such as cramps, contractions, and backache.

(Source: www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp087.cfm)

  • 3. Preterm birth can lead to lifelong problems for the baby.

The answer is true.

While many babies who are born premature are okay, half of the babies born with neurological disorders are born preterm. These problems can include deafness, blindness, mental retardation, and cerebral palsy.

(Source: www.marchofdimes.com)

  • 4. Only women who have known risk factors, such as a previous preterm delivery, are at risk of having their baby prematurely.

The answer is false.

There are many risk factors for preterm birth, yet 50% of preterm births occur in women with no known risk factors. That's why it's important to know the symptoms of preterm labor.

  • 5. Fetal fibronectin is a "glue-like" protein that holds the baby in place in the uterus.

The answer is true.

Fetal fibronectin is a "glue-like" protein that bonds the baby to the uterus. Fetal fibronectin is detectable at the very beginning of pregnancy, when this bond is first forming, and then again at the end of pregnancy, when the body is getting ready to deliver.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fetal Fibronectin


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