Premature labor is not as scary as it once was. With today’s technological advances preterm babies are at less risk than they used to be.
However, premature labor is still something to avoid if at all possible. You want to give your baby the best chance at entering this world strong and healthy.
Here are some causes of preterm labor to consider. Talk to your doctor about them if you have concerns.
1. History of Endometriosis
In this condition, endometrial tissue appears outside of the uterus and causes pain in the pelvic region. A study of Swedish women indicated that:
“…nearly 7 in 100 women with endometriosis delivered preterm. That translated to a 33% greater risk of preterm birth for women with endometriosis, the researchers found.” ~Reuters
If you have endometriosis and are pregnant, it is a good idea to take extra care and precautions.
2. Certain Infections
Certain infections can increase the risk of preterm labor including urinary tract infections. Here are some types to watch out for according to the online medical encyclopedia of the University of Rochester Medical Center:
- B streptococcus
- Urinary tract infections
- Vaginal infections
- Infections of the fetal/placental tissues
3. Being Pregnant With Multiples
If you are having more than one baby, there is an increased risk that babies will be born prematurely. Multiples are harder on the body. The uterus grows much larger and organs are more pressed.
Check out: What Happens To Your Body With Multiples
If you are significantly underweight when you become pregnant, premature labor risk increases. It is important to nourish your body, making sure to get enough vitamins and minerals before and during pregnancy.
See Premature labor/birth for underweights??? via Baby Center.
High stress levels during pregnancy can cause health problems and, yes, premature births.
High levels of stress that continue for a long time may cause health problems, like high blood pressure and heart disease. When you’re pregnant, this type of stress can increase the chances of having a premature baby (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy) or a low-birthweight baby (weighing less than 5½ pounds). ~March Of Dimes
Safe exercise, breathing techniques, creative activities, and meditation can all help reduce stress.
If you are concerned about premature labor, speak to your doctor. He or she will likely have some tips to keep you and baby healthy and happy. Cheers to a safe and full-term birth!
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