What causes premature delivery?
Common causes of preterm birth include multiple pregnancies, infections and chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure; however, often no cause is identified. There could also be a genetic influence.
What is the difference between preterm and premature?
Preterm labor is labor that begins early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Labor is the process your body goes through to give birth to your baby. Preterm labor can lead to premature birth. Premature birth is when your baby is born early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy.
What are four risk factors of premature delivery?
Risk Factors for Premature Birth
- Age. Pregnant people under age 18 and over the age of 30 have the greatest risk of going into labor early.
- Alcohol use.
- Chronic high blood pressure.
- Lack of prenatal care.
- Multiple pregnancies.
- Poor nutrition.
- Prior premature birth.
What are the outcomes of preterm delivery?
Preterm birth is associated with increased neonatal mortality and long-term morbidity. Preterm delivery may occur due to maternal or fetal indications, or result from preterm premature rupture of membranes or after spontaneous preterm labor (PTL) with intact membranes.
Can premature birth be prevented?
Preterm birth can’t always be prevented. But moms-to-be can help lower their chances of going into labor too soon. Here’s the best advice: See your doctor early and regularly in your pregnancy for prenatal care.
What is considered a premature baby weight?
Babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy are considered premature or born too early. Many premature babies also weigh less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces (2,500 grams). They may be called low birth weight. Premature babies can have long-term health problems.