Health Tip: Risk Factors for Pre-Term Labor
Before week 37 of pregnancy
(HealthDay News) -- Pre-term labor occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy. About 10 percent of babies born in the United States are considered pre-term, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says.
The organization says these factors may increase the risk of pre-term labor:
- Having had pre-term labor in this or a prior pregnancy.
- Using cocaine or smoking cigarettes.
- Having a multiple pregnancy (twins or more).
- Having had a child born with a chromosomal disorder.
- Having an abnormality in the cervix or uterus.
- Having abdominal surgery during pregnancy.
- Having an infection during pregnancy.
- Bleeding during the second or third trimester of pregnancy.
- Being underweight, or having insufficient prenatal care.
- Having a mother or grandmother who took a drug called DES (diethylstilbestrol).
- Administration Offers New Rules for Religious Objections to Health Care Law
August 22, 2014
- Preemies' Thinking Skills May Catch Up by Adolescence
August 12, 2014
Learn More About Sharp
Sharp HealthCare is San Diego's health care leader with seven hospitals, two medical groups and a health plan. Learn more about our San Diego hospitals, choose a Sharp-affiliated San Diego doctor or browse our comprehensive medical services.
Copyright © 2011 HealthDay. All rights reserved.