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If I was born prematurely, can I have a normal pregnancy?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Women who were born early or whose mothers had pregnancy complications or difficult births should tell their OB providers about those events.
But in general, the likelihood of the daughters having those problems is less than their chance of not having them. A detailed history from women in the family is helpful for everyone pregnant whether or not their moms had high-risk OB or other conditions.

In brief: Yes

Women who were born early or whose mothers had pregnancy complications or difficult births should tell their OB providers about those events.
But in general, the likelihood of the daughters having those problems is less than their chance of not having them. A detailed history from women in the family is helpful for everyone pregnant whether or not their moms had high-risk OB or other conditions.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Women who were born early are rarely more likely to deliver early unless they have other risk factors.
Even with a risk higher than that of the general population, their having a preterm delivery is not 100% certain. Women whose moms had major OB complications should tell their doctors. But usually the likelihood of the daughters having those problems is less than their chance of not having them.

In brief: Yes

Women who were born early are rarely more likely to deliver early unless they have other risk factors.
Even with a risk higher than that of the general population, their having a preterm delivery is not 100% certain. Women whose moms had major OB complications should tell their doctors. But usually the likelihood of the daughters having those problems is less than their chance of not having them.
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Dr. Pam Yoder
As I noted before, an exception includes daughters of women who took DES when those daughters were fetuses. DES was occasionally prescribed decades ago for pregnant mothers at risk for pregnancy loss, etc. It has been associated with some changes in the reproductive tract of their daughters that might lead to having preterm deliveries.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

The great majority of women born as preemies can have normal pregnancies.
Exceptions would be women who were very ill as preemies and ended up with long-term medical problems. Legs or hips contractures from cerebral palsy make it harder to get into a good position for vaginal delivery. Short gut syndrome after necrotizing enterocolitis makes it harder for a pregnant woman to get enough nutrition.

In brief: Yes

The great majority of women born as preemies can have normal pregnancies.
Exceptions would be women who were very ill as preemies and ended up with long-term medical problems. Legs or hips contractures from cerebral palsy make it harder to get into a good position for vaginal delivery. Short gut syndrome after necrotizing enterocolitis makes it harder for a pregnant woman to get enough nutrition.
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