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Why are some babies born early?

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Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Million $ question: Drugs, alcohol, high blood pressure, and sometimes no good reason. The best prevention is good prenatal care, attention to diet, sleep and stress, managing any underlying illnesses beforehand. Avoid smoke, exposure to infections. Take good care of the mother!

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how early can babies be healthily born?

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Dr. Gregory Sysyn
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Depends on Healthy: 3 wks and above are not even classified as early. 10 weeks early and above the outcomes are good with lower risks of prolonged ventilator needs and can generally go home within a month of due date. Every 2 weeks earlier, the risks of deathbad outsomes go up and length of stay goes up. Edge of viability (not counting good outcome) is 16-17 weeks early.

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