Causes of Premature 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I've had a Preemie: Should I Have Another Baby?
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.
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.
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.
Moms who have had premature babies due to preeclampsia during pregnancy share their stories.
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.
Preterm Labor - How Did You Know it Was/Wasn't Labor
Readers share their experiences with preterm labor, and how they knew that they were or were not in preterm labor
Why Do Women Delivery Early?
March of Dimes published this clear article linking the causes of premature birth to four main routes. The result is a great overview of causes of preterm labor.
Signs and Symptoms of Preterm Labor
About.com's Guide to Pregnancy helps expectant mothers tell what symptoms are normal during pregnancy and which ones warrant a phone call to the doctor.
Preventing and Managing Preterm Labor
Knowing the causes and signs of preterm labor, as well as how it's treated, can help moms feel more confident that they're giving their babies the best start.