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 pregnancy, cigarette smoking, the use of illicit drugs such as cocaine, and a short interval since the last birth (12-18 months).
Author: Bow Tauro
First answered: 24 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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