Preterm labor & premature birth

Even if you do everything right during pregnancy, you can still have preterm labor. Preterm labor is labor that starts too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy.

Babies born too early may have more health problems or need to stay in the hospital longer than babies born on time. Some premature babies also face long-term health effects, like problems that affect the brain, lungs, hearing or vision.

Find out more about preterm labor and how you may be able to reduce your risk of starting labor early. Learn the signs of preterm labor and what to do if they happen to you. If you do begin labor early, there are treatments that may help stop your labor.

Even if you do everything right during pregnancy, you can still have preterm labor. Preterm labor is labor that starts too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy.

Babies born too early may have more health problems or need to stay in the hospital longer than babies born on time. Some premature babies also face long-term health effects, like problems that affect the brain, lungs, hearing or vision.

Find out more about preterm labor and how you may be able to reduce your risk of starting labor early. Learn the signs of preterm labor and what to do if they happen to you. If you do begin labor early, there are treatments that may help stop your labor.