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Preterm Birth and Prevention Tips

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Preterm birth is the birth of your baby well before your due date.

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

  • If you deliver your baby between 34 and 37 weeks of pregnancy, it is considered a ‘late preterm birth’.
  • Babies born between 29 and 33 weeks are called ‘moderately preterm’.
  • Those born 23 through 28 weeks are called ‘extremely preterm’.

If you have had a premature baby, take lots of rest and have a healthy diet. You need to be in good health in order to provide the best care to your premature baby.

In general, the earlier a baby is born, the more likely he or she will have health problems. Moreover, there are certain risk factors associated with preterm birth. Knowing the risk factors , as well as the warning signs of having a preterm birth will help you to take precautions earlier.

Preventing Pre-term Birth

Due to the poor understanding of the cause of preterm birth as well as the complexity associated with it, preventing preterm birth is indeed a challenging task. However, you may be able to reduce the risk of preterm birth by keeping in mind the following things.

  • If you smoke, please quit smoking.
  • Stop drinking alcohol and using illegal drugs.
  • Get early prenatal care and continue it throughout pregnancy.
  • If you notice any warning signs of preterm labour, please do contact your doctor immediately.

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