What to do if your results are positive?

Develop a plan of action

Knowing you are at higher risk will help you and your doctor prepare for a possible preterm birth and take appropriate steps to manage your pregnancy. Depending on what week of pregnancy you are in, your doctor may suggest a number of options:1

  • Further action, including:
    • Finding and treating any undiagnosed infection(s)
    • Monitoring dilation and cervical changes
    • Limiting activities
    • Reducing stress
    • Bed rest
    • Consulting with a high-risk pregnancy specialist

  • Intervention, including:
    • Antenatal steroid injections, which can help rapidly develop your baby’s lungs before birth
    • Magnesium sulfate, which can offer neural protection
    • Tocolytic drugs, which can help reduce preterm contractions
  • Preparing for neonatal care:
    • Hospital admission for optimal care
    • Transfer to an appropriate NICU hospital

Make preparations

Knowing you are at higher risk of a preterm delivery gives you and your loved ones the chance to make personal and
practical preparations at home:

  • Get enough rest, as directed by your doctor
  • Ask for help from your support system
  • Plan ahead for what you’ll need to keep your household running
  • Know the signs and symptoms of preterm labor
  • Pack a delivery bag, knowing which hospital to go to and planning transportation
  • Make sure you have everything you’ll need when you bring your baby home

Talk to your doctor

Download our Rapid fFN® test discussion guide to help you and your doctor determine the right choice when assessing your risk of preterm birth.