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Causes of Premature Babies

Recent increases in the rate of preterm births may be linked to an increase in assisted reproduction, which has led to more multiple births and more cesarean sections as well. Scientists suspect that increases in obesity and diabetes may be to blame as well.

Still, the causes of preterm delivery are not clear in roughly half of the cases, and there’s no way to know who will deliver early. Risk factors for preterm delivery can include:

  • Uterine, cervical or placental abnormalities
  • A mother younger than 20 or older than 35
  • Previous preterm births (including the mother being born prematurely)
  • Poor or no prenatal care
  • Vaginal infections
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Excess stress
  • Domestic violence before or during pregnancy