It's best for babies to be born at full term. Here are 5 ways to help prevent early
Taking care of yourself is an important part of having a healthy pregnancy. Here's what you need to know.
Sex and sleep
Learn ways to relax and what to do if worries or anxiety take over.
Your mental health
Leaving an abusive partner
Many things can cause a baby to be born early.
Learn why babies are born early
Treatments to prevent early labor
Read our week-by-week calendar and learn about the changes taking place in your baby — and you!
Pregnancy slideshow (mom & baby)
Do's & Don'ts
Medical Care for Early Labor
Going to the doctor regularly can help keep you healthy and lower your chances of
having your baby early.
Prenatal tests can tell how your baby is growing and help find any health problems early.
Learn about prenatal tests
At your first visit, the doctor will confirm your pregnancy and check to see how your baby is developing.
Learn about tests in the 1st trimester
The second trimester is when many moms and dads "see" their babies for the first time on ultrasound.
Learn about tests in the 2nd trimester
In this trimester, you'll be offered more tests depending on your age, health, family medical history, and other things.
Learn about tests in the 3rd trimester
If your doctor thinks that genetic testing would be helpful, you may be referred to a genetic counselor.
Learn about genetic counseling
In a high-risk pregnancy, one or more things raise a woman's — or her baby's — chances for health problems or early delivery.
Many things cause a baby to be born early or with health problems. Some things can be controlled, but others can't.
A progesterone shot can increase the chances for a full-term pregnancy if you've had premature labor in the past.