Because fFN levels normally rise as full term delivery nears and because a baby born after 34 to 35 weeks of gestation is less likely to suffer premature complications, testing this late in pregnancy is not generally recommended.
Generally no, but the use of tocolytic agents, given to inhibit uterine contractions, may delay delivery. In the meantime, corticosteroids can be given to help the fetal lungs mature and prevent neonatal respiratory distress syndrome, and time is gained to transfer the woman to a tertiary treatment center.
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