Association between preterm labour and pelvic floor muscle function

ARAN T., Pekgoz I., Bozkaya H., OSMANAĞAOĞLU M. A.

JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY, vol.38, no.8, pp.1060-1064, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01443615.2018.1446922
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1060-1064
  • Keywords: Pelvic floor, preterm labour, strength, vaginal resting pressure, BIRTH, DELIVERY
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


We hypothesised that the pressure on the cervix increases with advancing gestation and it may lead to a cervical shortening and cause preterm labour in women with weak pelvic floor muscles. The aim of this prospective study was to measure vaginal resting pressure and pelvic floor muscle strength in the first trimester of pregnancy and to investigate their effects on labour. A study was conducted on the pregnant women with a low risk for preterm birth. The pelvic floor muscle strength and vaginal resting pressure were assessed in 320 pregnant women at their first trimester with a vaginal pressure measurement device. Fifty-two pregnant women were hospitalised for tocolytic therapy because of spontaneous preterm labour. Thirty-two of them (10.2%) had a preterm delivery despite the tocolytic therapy. Both the vaginal resting pressure (p = .009, 95%CI: 0.8; 5.9) and the pelvic floor muscle strength (p = .01, 95%CI: 3.5; 13.1) were significantly lower in the women with a preterm labour.