The following are generally recognized as the most common factors associated with preterm birth, or when a baby is born too early, usually defined as before 37 weeks of pregnancy.
Many factors can be avoided, like avoiding tobacco, alcohol or high-stress. Others are unavoidable, like race or prior preterm birth. Learn more by contacting Panhandle OBGYN.
Social, Personal and Economic Factors
- Low or high maternal age.
- Low maternal income or socioeconomic status
Medical and Pregnancy Factors
- Prior preterm birth
- Carrying more than 1 baby (twins, triplets, or more.)
- High blood pressure during pregnancy
- Tobacco and alcohol use
- Substance abuse
- Late prenatal care