#childsafety | 5 Reasons Why Babies Come Early That Every Mom-To-Be Should Know

A number of other risk factors can increase the chance of an early or later preterm birth. A large Canadian study reported by the National Institutes of Health found that mothers over 40 had a higher risk of premature birth than younger moms. Smoking, drinking, and/or drug use during pregnancy can also result in a baby arriving earlier than expected, along with a higher risk of birth defects and health issues for the baby, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Having a baby right on your due date is a nice coincidence, but it’s more important that you and your child stay healthy, no matter when you give birth. Keeping up with your OB visits, following the doctor’s advice, and looking after your own well-being will increase the chances of your baby’s arriving on or close to term.

Experts: Monica McHenry Svets, M.D., obstetrician/gynecologist, The Cleveland Clinic

Studies cited:

Verma, I., Avasthi, K, and Berry, V. (2014) Urogenital Infections as a Risk Factor for Preterm Labor: A Hospital-Based Case–Control Study. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of India, 10.1007/s13224-014-0523-6

DeFranco, EA, Ehrlich, S, Muglia, LJ (2014) Influence of interpregnancy interval on birth timing. Obstetrics & Gynaecology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/14710528.12941.

Fuchs, F., et. al. (2018) Effect of maternal age on the risk of preterm birth: A large cohort study. PLoS One, 10.1371/journal.pone.0191002

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