Babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy are called premature. Premature babies can have serious health problems at birth and later in life. About 1 in 10 babies is born prematurely each year in the United States.
Who is more likely to have premature babies?
Mothers who are 17 or younger or 35 or older are more likely to have a premature baby. Teen moms are more likely to get high blood pressure during pregnancy and less likely to get the health care they need. Older women are more likely to have health problems before they get pregnant.
Is being born premature rare?
These premature babies may need special medical care in a newborn intensive care unit (also called NICU). Each year, about 1 in 10 babies in the United States is born prematurely. Prematurity can cause problems for babies throughout their lives.
How can I prevent a premature baby?
How to Prevent Preterm Birth (for Second Pregnancies)
- Quit smoking and stop drinking alcohol. …
- Control chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, by following your doctor’s advice.
- Properly treat any infections as inflammation and infection increase the risk of preterm birth.
What can trigger preterm labor?
What causes preterm labor?
- Vaginal bleeding.
- Hormone changes.
- Stretching of the uterus. This might be from being pregnant with more than 1 baby, a large baby, or too much amniotic fluid.
Is it safe to deliver at 7 months?
The earlier a baby is born, the more likely they are to have problems. Those born after 7 months usually need a short stay in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU.) Babies born earlier than that face much bigger challenges. They will need specialized care in the NICU.
Do premature babies grow up normal?
Most preemies grow up to be healthy kids. They tend to be on track with full-term babies in their growth and development by age 3 or so. Your baby’s early years, though, may be more complicated than a full-term baby’s. Because they’re born before they’re ready, almost all preemies need extra care.
Does one premature baby mean I’ll have another?
While a previous premature birth does make it more likely that you’ll have another premature baby, this isn’t always the case. Many women whose first child was premature go on to have their next baby at full-term. Full-term is between 37 weeks and 41 weeks. How premature your previous baby was does have some effect.