Most babies are born after 37th week of gestation, but some of the deliveries occur before the 37 weeks. Babies born before 37 weeks of gestation are considered premature (the baby may be born between twenty four and thirty seven weeks of gestation). Most of the premature babies are born due to high risk pregnancy. Here are some of the common causes of preterm delivery or premature baby.
Many causes of premature babies like anaemia, diabetes, smoking, drugs and drinking are avoidable. The premature babies are not physically ready for life outside the womb hence extra care and medical attention may be needed after delivery. Medical science has made a lot of progress and even very premature babies with good medical care and attention can be saved and they can go on to lead healthy lives.
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