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I’m pregnant. How can I prevent my baby from being born too early? – Aisha
Preterm (early) delivery before 39 weeks can’t always be prevented. But taking care of yourself is also the best way to take care of your baby.
Prenatal care is the health care you get while you’re pregnant. Start prenatal care as soon as you know you are pregnant, and keep checkup appointments throughout your pregnancy.
Here are some other things you can do to lower the chance of going into labor early:
Other things that can increase a pregnant woman’s chance of early labor include:
Talk to your doctor if you have any of these risks. In many cases, your doctor can help — such as offering progesterone shots to lower your chances of a preterm birth or prescribing antibiotics to fight infection.
Your doctor also can connect you with counselors or social workers who can help if you’re dealing with addiction, financial troubles, or other problems.
During your pregnancy, you’ll probably get advice from everyone. But staying healthy depends on you – read about the many ways to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible.
To eat well during pregnancy, your extra calories should come from nutritious foods that contribute to your baby’s growth and development.
The sooner in pregnancy good careÂ begins, the better for theÂ health of both moms and their babies. Here’s what to expect.
Find out what the experts have to say.
Premature infants, known as preemies, come into the world earlier than full-term infants. They have many special needs that make their care different from other babies.
Moms-to-be have a lot of questions about what’s safe during pregnancy. Keep your sanity by knowing what you can – and can’t – do before your baby arrives.
Are you expecting more than one baby? Find out how to take care of yourself and prepare for your multiple birth experience.
Most women benefit greatly from exercising throughout their pregnancies. But during that time, you’ll need to make a few changes to your normal exercise routine.
Our week-by-week illustrated pregnancy calendar is a detailed guide to all the changes taking place in your baby – and in you!
If a woman drinks alcohol during her pregnancy, her baby could be born with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which causes a wide range of physical, behavioral, and learning problems.
Every parent-to-be hopes for a healthy baby, but it can be hard not to worry. Find out what tests can keep you informed of your health â and your baby’s â throughout pregnancy.
Here’s how to tell the difference between true labor and false labor — and when to get medical care.
Babies who are born premature – before 37 weeks of pregnancy – can have health problems that last their whole lives. Learn ways to prevent early labor and have a healthy pregnancy.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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