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Why do babies come out early?

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Dr. Lois A Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Many causes: Babies can deliver before term due to many causes. Illness in the mother, teen pregnancy, short interval between pregnancies, smoking, maternal trauma, structural problems with the cervix or uterus, alcohol use during pregnancy, maternal diabetes, other chronic illnesses. About 50 percent of the time no cause is apparent.
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Dr. Mark Meijer
Dr. Mark Meijer commented
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Not sure how you define "early". Few babies come out exactly on the day planned. "Early" as a medical word is diagnosed by the doctor as "premature". If your baby was a few days early and otherwise well, its still considered on time, not premature. Baseball games usually end in 9 innings. Time wise, some end sooner than others. But if the game ends in 6 innings because of rain, its premature.
Sep 28, 2014
Dr. Lois A Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 42 years experience
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Ah rain endings. Most frustrating when the Yankees are winning. Agree with Dr. Meijer, my description referred to preemies not to early close to term babies.
Sep 28, 2014

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