Since I was a premature baby, of course I’m concerned about giving birth one day to a premature baby myself. Am I (and other prematurely born adults) more likely to give birth to a preemie because I myself was one? Or is it simply a coincidence based upon how the pregnancy carries out and how the mother cares for herself and her unborn child while she is pregnant? Here is what I learned:
Apparently, yes. Women who were themselves born prematurely or who have siblings who were born prematurely are more likely to have a preterm baby themselves. This concerns me because not only was I born prematurely at just over 2 pounds, my sister (11 months younger than me) was born as a preemie as well at just over 3 pounds. In fact, all of my siblings were born at low birth weights (my brother was the heaviest at just over 5 pounds), and had my mother not been on bed rest with her remaining children after my sister, she likely would have given birth to all of us early (there are 5 of us total).
The study I found was by Dr. Siladitya Bhattacharya, a professor of reproductive medicine at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital in Aberdeen, who followed a study of 60 years in Scotland that showed that women who were born prematurely were more likely to give birth to a preterm baby themselves, particularly their first-born child. It also claims that the risks of having a premature baby lowers with the second or third child.
Thepregnancyzone.com suggests speaking to your own mother to find out if you or any of your siblings were premature to see the likelihood of having a premature baby yourself, and to prepare yourself if pregnant for an early delivery. Talking to your doctor about your concerns and family background regarding preterm births is also highly suggested.
So I suppose there is a likelihood of having a preterm baby if you yourself were born premature, as it seems to be a familial link. If I ever have children myself I will be sure to address my concerns with my doctor about having a premature baby myself, as it seems there’s a good chance I may. In case anyone is wondering, my prematurely born sister is now a mother herself, and her baby girl was born at nearly 7 pounds, so she beat the odds, I guess. But this information is certainly helpful to know.