Your pregnancy history

Your history of previous pregnancies and your medical history are factors in determining your risk of premature delivery.

Couple at antenatal appointment.

If you have had a premature baby in the past, you are more likely to have a premature delivery in future pregnancies.

In fact, the main risk factor for premature delivery is previous premature delivery. The more premature deliveries you have had, and the earlier your babies were born, the higher the risk of premature delivery in a future pregnancy.

You're also more likely to go into premature labour if:

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    Gestational diabetes and premature birth

    Diabetes is a condition in which there is an inability to control blood sugar levels and it leads to high amounts of sugar in the blood. Gestational diabetes is diabetes that develops during pregnancy.

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    Your premature baby: Infection

    Premature babies have less developed immune systems and are more susceptible to infection, but there are ways to reduce the risk.

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    Premature birth FAQs

    Frequently asked questions on premature birth

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    Lifestyle and premature birth

    The way your life is lived can have an effect on your risk of premature birth. There are some things that you will not be able to change, such as ethnicity or age but there are some others that you may be able to change.

  • Mum stroking premature baby in incubator.

    Explaining premature birth

    If your baby is born early - also called 'premature' or 'preterm' - he may need special care.

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    Antiphospholipid syndrome

    Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system makes antibodies that attack and damage its own tissues or cells.

Last reviewed on April 1st, 2014. Next review date April 1st, 2017.

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