Preterm birth

Overview

A pregnancy normally lasts about 40 weeks. Some risk factors for a preterm birth include having a previous preterm birth and being pregnant with multiples.

Symptoms

Complications associated with a preterm birth include immature lungs, difficulty regulating body temperature, poor feeding, and slow weight gain.

Treatments

Preterm babies may need longer or more intense nursery care, medications, and sometimes surgery.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017


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