labor article - Jennifer Miller - HD FS 229 Premature Labor...

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Jennifer Miller - HD FS 229 Premature Labor Preterm, or premature, labor is labor that happens after the twentieth week of pregnancy and before the thirty-seventh week. Roughly, ten percent of these mothers-to-be will experience premature labor. It is not certain why this occurs, but thare are various factors that can contribute to going into labor before the developing fetus is ready to make their way into the world. Of course, there are obvios risk factors, such as older moms, not gaining enough weight, smoking, illegal drug use, alcohol use while pregnant, and untreated STD's. All of these can be prevented. Other factors that are nonpreventable are: having previous preemies, being an African American, having pregnancies that are close together, and also low socioeconomic status. Although, healthy living and prenatal care may help reduce these risks. There are six known factors that may cause an expectant mother to go into labor too early: uterine and vaginal infections pregnancy complications
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course HD FS 229 taught by Professor Gutshall,donna during the Summer '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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