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What are the risk factors for preterm labor?
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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not all have risks
Sometimes preterm labor, and even delivery, can happen in women with no known risk factors.
If a pregnant woman doesn't have any of the typical risk factors like twins or triplets, bleeding, prior history of preterm birth, etc, she should call her OB if signs or symptoms of premature labor. If she does have those risks, she should be prepared to notify her OB and go to labor & delivery immediately.

In brief: Not all have risks
Sometimes preterm labor, and even delivery, can happen in women with no known risk factors.
If a pregnant woman doesn't have any of the typical risk factors like twins or triplets, bleeding, prior history of preterm birth, etc, she should call her OB if signs or symptoms of premature labor. If she does have those risks, she should be prepared to notify her OB and go to labor & delivery immediately.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Many
There are many risk factors for preterm birth.
The best predictor is a previous preterm delivery with a prior pregnancy. Other risk factors include multiple gestation, short cervix, cigarette smoking, being a teenager, short interval between pregnancies, drug use, poor nutrition and being underweight or very overweight.

In brief: Many
There are many risk factors for preterm birth.
The best predictor is a previous preterm delivery with a prior pregnancy. Other risk factors include multiple gestation, short cervix, cigarette smoking, being a teenager, short interval between pregnancies, drug use, poor nutrition and being underweight or very overweight.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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