A Pregnancy Stabilizer: The Progesterone Hormone
Progesterone is the hormone that helps to maintain your pregnancy, it’s LITERALLY named this way! The name is derived from it being “pro gestation” i.e. for pregnancy. When women experience labour pains earlier than the ninth month of pregnancy, i.e. it looks like they’re going into preterm labour, progesterone is given to help them maintain the pregnancy longer.
This gives time for the baby to develop mature lungs, which is a factor influencing postnatal mortality and morbidity. It is also given during IVF to prepare the uterus to receive the implanted embryo, and during the first twelve to fourteen weeks of pregnancy to women with PCOS or other disorders that result in low progesterone levels.