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What factors can trigger a preterm labor?

While the exact causes of preterm labor remain unclear, some risk factors include: smoking; uterine and vaginal infections; structural abnormalities of the uterus and/or cervix; multiple birth (twin/triplets), and underlying conditions such as pre-eclampsia, diabetes or placenta praevia (a type of low-lying placenta).

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 24 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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