9 Risk factors for premature birth

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Experts don’t know why, but for woman who had conceived through IVF, they have an increased risk of delivering preterm.

All moms-to-be want to deliver healthy babies, but did you know that there are certain risk factors for preterm delivery?

There are risk factors such as diet and lifestyle, and then there are also insidious factors such as mom's genetics and her body chemistry.

Nevertheless, all pregnant women must be aware of these risk factors for her and her unborn child’s sake.

Here are nine of them, as offered by Julie Revelant in her Fox News report.

Personal history

According to Dr. Jill Hechtman, medical director of Tampa Obstetrics in Tampa, Florida, personal history of premature birth is one of the most significant risk factors for women.

Studies indicate that there’s a 30 to 50% chance of women undergoing a preterm birth if she had previously given birth to a preterm child.

Birth spacing

The chances of preterm birth increases if the birth between children are close together. According to a a study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, more than half of women who had gotten pregnant 12 months after giving birth delivered their subsequent baby before the 39th week.

“But the numbers do tell the story that for every month that you get closer to that 18 months in between pregnancies, the higher likelihood that you will have a healthy pregnancy,” said Dr. Scott D. Berns president and CEO of the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) in Boston, Massachusetts.


Experts don’t know the exact reason behind it, but for woman who had conceived through IVF, they have an increased risk of delivering preterm.

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