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Causes of Premature Birth

Includes information on why babies are born early, who is at risk for having a premature baby and why, and how to prevent preterm birth.

What Causes Premature Birth?
Premature birth has many causes, including spontaneous labor and medical necessity.

Risk Factors for Premature Birth
Premature birth has many causes, and many women are at risk for having a preemie. Learn what the greatest risks are and how to lower your risk for having a preterm baby.

Trisomy 13 - Patau Syndrome
Trisomy 13, or Patau syndrome, is a serious genetic disorder that can cause premature birth.

Trisomy 18, Edwards Syndrome
Trisomy 18, or Edwards syndrome, is a genetic disorder that can cause premature birth and a number of physical and developmental problems.

Short Cervix and Preterm Birth
Short cervix happens when the cervix shortens before the baby is due. This can cause premature labor and birth.

Progesterone and Preterm Labor
Progesterone is a hormone that can help to prevent preterm labor in some women who are at risk. Some studies show that progesterone may even help prevent premature birth after labor has started.

Magnesium Sulfate in Preterm Labor
Uses and side effects of magnesium sulfate, or mag. Mag can be used to stop preterm labor, prevent seizures, or prevent neurological problems in the baby.

What is a Low Birth Weight Baby?
Defines low birth weight in infants, including definitions of extemely low birth weight (ELBW) and very low birth weight (VLBW).

Can Stress Cause Premature Labor?
Many pregnant women wonder if stress can cause premature labor. Stress can increase the chances that you'll deliver early, so try to relax in order to have a healthy pregnancy.

Does In Vitro Fertilization Cause Premature Birth?
IVF may be one cause of premature birth. Learn why in vitro babies are more likely to be born early and how to reduce your risk.

Stopping Preterm Labor
When a woman is in preterm labor, doctors use several methods to try to stop her labor. Methods for stopping premature labor are discussed, along with how effective these methods are.

FAQs About Preeclampsia
Answers readers' questions about preeclampsia, including definition of preeclampsia, risk factors, complications, treatment, and prevention.

What is Pregnancy Induced Hypertension?
Pregnancy induced hypertension, or PIH, is one of several disorders that causes high blood pressure during pregnancy.

Preventing Future Premature Births
Having one premature birth puts a mom at risk for having another. As you decide whether to have another baby, it helps to understand what your risks are and how to minimize them.

Signs and Symptoms of Premature Labor
Describes the signs and symptoms of premature labor and when to call the doctor if you think you are in labor.

What is the Risk of Prematurity for Multiples?
Defines the risk of premature birth for twins, triplets, quadruplets, and more, and looks at how to prevent premature birth and the possible health outcomes for multiples born premature.

Steroids for Lung Development in Premature Babies
If you have risk factors that may cause premature birth, doctors may prescribe you a course of steroids before you deliver. Steroids can help your baby's lungs to be healthier at birth.

When is the Best Time to Schedule a C-Section?
Explains why the best time to schedule a c section birth is after 39 weeks, and lists some possible complications of late preterm birth.

Cervical Cerclage
Defines a cervical cerclage, its risks, and who may benefit from having a cerclage placed.

FAQs About Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome
Definition, symptoms, effects, and treatment for this rare disorder that can occur during twin pregnancies.

Risks for Prematurity - Were You At Risk for Premature Labor
Readers share their premature birth stories and what risk factors they had for premature birth.

Preterm Labor - Were You Treated for Preterm Labor?
Readers share their experiences with preterm labor and how they were treated.

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