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Possible Causes of Premature Birth

on May 13, 2016

by Alyssia Granger

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Possible Causes of Premature Birth

Premature birth is one that occurs before a woman reaches her 37th week of a pregnancy. This type of birth is the leading cause of infant death and can cause several different types of disabilities.

Premature birth is one that occurs before a woman reaches her 37th week of a pregnancy. This type of birth is the leading cause of infant death and can cause several different types of disabilities. For example, children who are born prematurely may suffer from breathing problems or have difficulty feeding. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

More serious concerns for this group of children is cerebral palsy, development delays and vision or hearing impairment. This type of birth is also harder on the family both emotionally and physically. All in all, there are many reasons a woman may go into premature labor. However, all the causes aren’t known as of yet. But, here are a few reasons you may have a premature birth.

Problems with the Placenta

One reason women may deliver a baby prematurely is because the placenta is not formed correctly. This could mean that it attached in the wrong location or has another type of issue. However, when the placenta has been compromised, it is more likely that the woman will go into labor early, which could be fairly dangerous.

Twins

Having twins is also a common cause of premature labor. Since it becomes crowded for the babies in the womb, they will most likely try to be delivered early. In many instances, women who are pregnant with twins will even need to undergo a c-section in order for the twins to be born healthy. Often, they will be put on bedrest towards the end of their pregnancy to help reduce the chances of having issues as well.

Infection

Another issue that could cause premature labor is an infection that the mother or the baby has. These infections could cause the body to go into premature labor because they are affecting the baby negatively. Sometimes doctors are able to treat these types of infections, but there are times when it is difficult to determine the exact cause of the issue.

Uterus or Cervix Problems

Some women who have issues with their uterus or cervix also tend to have premature births. This could be caused by the shape or position of these items or something else entirely. In many cases, women with these types of issues will have more than one miscarriage or premature birth caused by this type of problem.

Lifestyle

Finally, women who drink alcohol or take drugs while they are pregnant could wind up having a premature birth. This is actually really dangerous and could cause many other issues in addition to an early birth. To avoid this type of situation, make sure you are staying away from drugs and alcohol while you are pregnant.

These are all things that could cause you to go into labor prematurely. Sometimes, it is possible for doctors to delay the delivery, but other times it is not. If you are at risk for premature birth, talk to your doctor about all your treatment options and risk factors.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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