Even in the best of the best situations, preterm labor might happen to you. Even if you had a healthy...
Even in the best of the best situations, preterm labor might happen to you. Even if you had a healthy pregnancy. That said, there are some factors that place you at a higher risk.
  • You had a previous preterm labor.
  • You have a miscarriage history (even one).
  • If for some reason, you need abdominal surgery during your pregnancy.
  • Genital or urinary tract infections occur during pregnancy.
  • If you smoke or abuse street drugs.
  • If you're a younger or older mama. This is questionable as research keeps changing the ages of "young" and "old" - however, it's typically if you fall into the under 17 years or over 35 years age group.
  • If you have poor nutrition during pregnancy.
  • If you're super stressed either physically or mentally.
Even if you have one or more of the above risk factors it doesn't mean that you'll have preterm labor, just that you're possibly more likely than a woman with zero risk factors. If you happen to have any of these risk factors and your health care provider has no clue, discuss it with him or her, they may be able to suggest ways to lower the odds of that risk factor causing preterm labor.

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