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What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk of Having a Premature Baby?

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While it is true that many women without any risk factors will have a preterm baby, there are some things you can do to reduce the chance it will happen to you.

By eliminating stress and other harmful situations, you can greatly reduce the risk of having preterm labor.

  • Get prenatal care as soon as you think you're pregnant and go to every appointment. Go even if you feel fine. If possible, see your health care provider before you get pregnant.
  • If you smoke, stop smoking. It’s best to stop before you get pregnant. If you can't stop, try to cut down. Avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Don't drink alcohol. It is not good for you or your baby during pregnancy.
  • Talk to your health care provider about prescription medications you are taking.
  • If you use drugs or herbal remedies or supplements that are not prescribed by your health care provider, stop using them. It’s best to stop before you get pregnant. 
  • Try to reduce stress. Ask friends and family for help. Rest and relax whenever you can.
  • Know the signs of preterm labor and what you should  do if you have any of them
  • Find out if you are at risk for premature labor and alert your physician.

Information Provided By: Patrick Thornton, CNM of &

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