Are you at risk of preterm labor? Risk factors and how to prevent it

Preterm birth is more common than you imagine: 1 out of every nine babies born prematurely, according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These babies, born between 20 and 37 weeks of pregnancy are at increased risk of severe long-term complications. Although it is almost impossible to know in advance if you have a premature birth, yes there are factors that put you at greater risk-and some of them can control- thou, and general health and care measures that can help prevent birth prematurely .

It is difficult to predict whether you will have a premature birth, especially in your first pregnancy, but certain features of your health and lifestyle can put you at greater risk

Often premature births are unexpected and can not do much in advance. However, if you have one of the predisposing factors, there are steps you can take before and during pregnancy

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Sources; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Preterm (Premature) Labor and Birth. Accessed January 26, 2015; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Early Preterm Birth. Accessed January 26, 2015, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. What are the risk factors for preterm labor and birth? Accessed January 26, 2015; Women’s Health.gov. Pregnancy Complications. Accessed January 26, 2015.