Being aware of your risk for preterm labor can help you take a more active role in your pregnancy and your baby’s health. Together, you and your doctor, nurse, or nurse-midwife can use this knowledge to work out a plan.
Certain medical conditions during pregnancy may increase the likelihood of going into preterm labor.
Other medical conditions that may increase the likelihood of preterm labor include:
If you have any of these risk factors, it’s especially important for you to know the symptoms of preterm labor — and what to do if they occur.
Certain lifestyle factors may put you at greater risk for preterm labor:
Researchers have also identified other risk factors. African-American women, women younger than 17 or older than 35, and economically disadvantaged women are at greater risk than other women. Experts do not fully understand why and how these factors increase a woman’s risk for preterm labor.
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