Fetal fibronectin (also known as fFN) is a "glue-like" protein that bonds your developing baby to your uterus. fFN can often be detected before other symptoms of preterm labor, such as contractions and changes in cervical length. It can be detected with a safe, reliable, non-invasive test (similar to a Pap test) that measures the presence of fFN. With this simple test, your doctor can tell if your body may be getting ready for delivery, even before you feel any of the symptoms.
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Should you talk to your healthcare provider about preterm birth or fetal fibronectin?
I have had a previous preterm birth.
I am pregnant with twins, triplets, or more.
I have been told that I have certain uterine or cervical abnormalties.
I have contractions (your abdomen tightens like a fist).
I have a change in vaginal discharge (leaking fluid or bleeding from the vagina).
I have pelvic pressure (the feeling that your baby is pushing downward).
I have low, dull backache.
I have cramps that feel like my period.
I have abdominal cramps, with or without diarrhea.
If you've checked Yes for any of the above, you should talk with your doctor about your risk for preterm labor.
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