Reduce your risk of preterm labor and birth

Preterm birth is birth that happens before 37 weeks of pregnancy. This is too soon, and your baby could be born with serious health problems. Preterm labor is labor that happens before 37 weeks of pregnancy. If untreated, it can lead to preterm birth.

Preterm birth can happen to any pregnant woman. But it happens more often to some women than others, especially if they make certain lifestyle choices that may not be healthy for mom and baby during pregnancy.

How can you reduce your chances of having preterm labor and preterm birth? 

You may be able to reduce your risk of preterm labor and early birth. Here’s what you can do:


See also:
Why at least 39 weeks is best for your baby


Last reviewed: October, 2015

Preterm birth is birth that happens before 37 weeks of pregnancy. This is too soon, and your baby could be born with serious health problems. Preterm labor is labor that happens before 37 weeks of pregnancy. If untreated, it can lead to preterm birth.

Preterm birth can happen to any pregnant woman. But it happens more often to some women than others, especially if they make certain lifestyle choices that may not be healthy for mom and baby during pregnancy.

How can you reduce your chances of having preterm labor and preterm birth? 

You may be able to reduce your risk of preterm labor and early birth. Here’s what you can do:


See also:
Why at least 39 weeks is best for your baby


Last reviewed: October, 2015