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Preterm Labor

Pre-term Labor – The Risks & Challenges

What is Pre-Term Labor? As the word suggests, pre-term labor or premature labor means that your contractions start ahead of your calculated due date, and/or your water breaks and the baby is born ahead of schedule; in some cases, it could also mean that some of the organs, such as the lungs, may not be fully developed. If you experience contractions prior to your 37th week of pregnancy, this is a good indication of pre-term labor.
Although many “premature babies” born before 37 weeks are born healthy, the last few weeks of pregnancy help the lungs and other organs finish developing properly and help the baby gain sufficient birth weight. Preterm labor may also be induced by your physician if baby shows signs of distress, or there's risk of complications, such as preeclampsia - a condition causing blood vessels to narrow, reducing blood flow to the uterus.

Spontaneous preterm births

Spontaneous preterm labor and births can also occur. This will happen if you experience PPROM (Premature Rupture of Membranes) and your water breaks or ... Read more

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Delivering anytime before your 37th week of gestation is considered a premature birth.
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