I worry about having a premature baby one day, as the chances of me having a preemie since I was one myself are higher than a “normal” woman’s pregnancy. Prematurely born adults are more likely to have a premature baby themselves. So it’s natural that I want to make sure that I give myself the greatest opportunity to carry a full term baby as possible, so for tips on how to prevent having a preterm baby as much as possible I turned to preemies.about.com, and these are the suggestions they had.
Smoking and drinking during pregnancy are definite no-no’s, which I expected to see on any site regarding pregnancy. Also, the site says that age is a factor, and that women under 18 and over 30 are more likely to have a prematurely born baby, which is also something I suspected.
What I DID not assume could lead to a premature birth of a baby is a urinary tract infection or a uterine infection if they are left untreated. The site suggests that a low white blood cell count indicating infection is the greatest preterm indicator when gestation is at 22 to 27 weeks. So keep your bladder, urinary tract, and uterine infections at bay and care for them immediately while pregnant to avoid a preterm delivery. I found this to be surprising, but it makes sense.
Of course, the site suggests getting proper prenatal care and keeping a proper diet while pregnant, which is a given, and to keep your weight healthy and avoid yo-yo dieting. it also said women with a low body mass index (guilty) are more likely to carry a baby preterm. But I was mildly surprised that women with high blood pressure have a higher risk of having a preterm delivery, as are Type 1 and 2 Diabetic women. So it’s important to share your medical history with your doctor so they can more accurately monitor you and your baby’s health while you are pregnant.
And finally, the site mentioned previous premature deliveries and if the mother herself was born prematurely could lead to a preterm birth of a baby. I already knew this, but figured it was still important to pass it on. So with me having high blood pressure, being currently underweight (I couldn’t gain weight if I wanted to- I’ve tried) and being a preemie myself, this is great information to have on hand, if I ever do become pregnant.
As always, share your concerns with your doctor if you have any reason to suspect you may be in danger of delivering a baby preterm. Be open, honest, and detailed with your doctor so you can best monitor you and your baby’s health while you are pregnant for the best chances of having a full term baby.