Abstract

Preterm labor is an important issue in the field of Obstetrics and Gynacology. The earlier the diagnosis, the better the prevention of preterm labor. This study examines the static and dynamic loads on the cervix, which is one of the causes of preterm labor, from a biomechanical point of view. A simple biomechanical model is formulated to assess the loads bearing on the cervix. Results indicate the need for extreme caution warranted in cases of high risk pregnancies in highly dynamic environments. In view of the very delicate nature of the issue, it is essential to formulate better simulation models using indirectly gathered data.

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