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What is premature birth?
Pregnancy normally lasts for a period of 37 to 42 weeks, and at the point after 37 weeks, it is called a 'term' pregnancy. Premature birth is defined as occurring before 37 weeks.
What are the symptoms of premature birth?
If your baby is born prematurely, it means that he or she has not spent the regular amount of time inside the womb. This means that your baby may not be fully ready for life after birth. Some signs that your baby's time in the womb has been reduced …
Are there different types of premature birth?
Premature birth is defined as a baby being born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. There are sub-types of premature birth that are defined by the amount of time spent in the womb. These include: moderate to late preterm, which is a pregnancy between …
Who is at risk of giving birth to a premature baby?
The largest risk factor for premature birth is if a woman has previously given birth to a premature baby - there is about a one in five chance that it will occur in another pregnancy. Other risk factors can include a twin or triplet …
How is premature birth diagnosed?
A diagnosis of premature birth can be made simply by calculating the time your baby has spent in the womb. If your baby is born prematurely, certain tests can be carried out to assess their health.
How is premature birth treated?
Depending on the initial health of your premature baby, specialized supportive care will be offered by your hospital and doctors in a neonatal intensive care unit. Some of the support and treatment can include placing your baby in an incubator and continuing …
What are the short-term complications of premature birth?
Premature birth can result in a baby having an increased risk of some short-term health conditions. Generally, there is a higher risk of complications the earlier a baby is born. These are generally related to the under-development …
What are the long-term complications of premature birth?
Generally, the risk of complications is higher the earlier a baby is born. The long-term complications of premature birth can include brain-related conditions including cerebral palsy, reduced cognitive function and behavioral and …
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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 24 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Premature birth