I'm Pregnant. How Can I Avoid Having My Baby Early?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-productWalker-enHD-AR2.jpgFind out what the experts have to say. high risk, at risk, pregnancy, pregnant, preterm, labor, delivery, childbirth, risk factors, premature, preemie, NICU, early labor, baby, mother, woman11/01/201603/22/201903/22/2019Armando Fuentes, MD10/22/201801751bbc-f64a-4f84-a41b-4dcbc5c84ba5https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/prevent-preterm.html/<p><em> I'm pregnant. How can I prevent my baby from being born too early? <br />&ndash; </em><em>Aisha</em></p> <p>Preterm (early) delivery before 39 weeks can't always be prevented. But taking care of yourself is also the best way to take care of your baby.</p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/medical-care-pregnancy.html/">Prenatal care</a> is the health care you get while you're pregnant. Start prenatal care as soon as you know you are pregnant, and keep checkup appointments throughout your pregnancy.</p> <p>Here are some other things you can do to lower the chance of going into labor early:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Get any health issues, like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/gestational-diabetes.html/">diabetes</a>, managed and under control.</li> <li>Don't <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/preg-smoking.html/">smoke</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/preg-alcohol.html/">drink alcohol</a>, or <a class="kh_anchor">use illegal drugs</a>.</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eating-pregnancy.html/">Eat a healthy diet</a> (getting plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, etc.) and <a class="kh_anchor">exercise</a> if your doctor says it's OK.</li> <li>Gain a healthy amount of weight (not too much or too little).</li> <li>Protect yourself from infections (including <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/5-zika.html/">Zika</a>). Be sure to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">wash your hands</a> well and often; <a class="kh_anchor">don't eat</a> raw meat, fish, or unpasteurized cheese; get any immunizations your doctor recommends; and use condoms to protect against <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/talk-child-stds.html/">STDs</a>.</li> <li>Reduce stress in your life (find help for financial troubles, get support from family or friends, etc.).</li> </ul> <p>Other things that can increase a pregnant woman's chance of early labor include:</p> <ul> <li>being overweight or obese</li> <li>having had a previous preterm birth&nbsp;</li> <li>carrying <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/parenting-multiples.html/">multiples</a>, like twins or triplets</li> <li>problems with the uterus, cervix, or vagina</li> <li>infections like STDs or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/urinary.html/">urinary tract infections (UTIs)</a></li> <li>having had a recent pregnancy (less than 18 months ago)</li> <li>difficult problems like unemployment, domestic violence, etc.</li> </ul> <p>Talk to your doctor if you have any of these risks. In many cases, your doctor can help &mdash; such as offering <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/progesterone-shot.html/">progesterone shots</a> to lower your chances of a preterm birth or prescribing antibiotics to fight infection.</p> <p>Your doctor also can connect you with counselors or social workers who can help if you're dealing with addiction, financial troubles, or other problems.</p>
A Week-by-Week Pregnancy CalendarOur week-by-week illustrated pregnancy calendar is a detailed guide to all the changes taking place in your baby - and in you!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pregnancy-calendar-intro.html/f08368e4-e28d-4773-a168-306afac33137
Are You in Labor?Here's how to tell the difference between true labor and false labor -- and when to get medical care. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/true-labor.html/e223057f-f50f-487d-a2be-25454286394e
Eating During PregnancyTo eat well during pregnancy, your extra calories should come from nutritious foods that contribute to your baby's growth and development.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eating-pregnancy.html/d1bea4f3-86e5-4b49-80c3-45c58c1d0fd4
Exercising During PregnancyMost women benefit greatly from exercising throughout their pregnancies. But during that time, you'll need to make a few changes to your normal exercise routine.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/exercising-pregnancy.html/0a251bbd-332e-4bcd-b36a-dd4d12e27ca4
Fetal Alcohol SyndromeIf a woman drinks alcohol during her pregnancy, her baby could be born with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which causes a wide range of physical, behavioral, and learning problems.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fas.html/093ddcfb-59b6-4aa2-a4e8-a59f37530b61
Medical Care During PregnancyThe sooner in pregnancy good care begins, the better for the health of both moms and their babies. Here's what to expect.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/medical-care-pregnancy.html/697236c0-1f7e-4c28-bfc6-39ccf8ae2624
Pregnancy Precautions: FAQsMoms-to-be have a lot of questions about what's safe during pregnancy. Keep your sanity by knowing what you can - and can't - do before your baby arrives.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pregnancy-precautions.html/a5ee5bb7-1d8e-4553-b7bb-cec3f26960c6
Prenatal Tests: FAQsEvery parent-to-be hopes for a healthy baby, but it can be hard not to worry. Find out what tests can keep you informed of your health — and your baby's — throughout pregnancy.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/prenatal-tests.html/eb018543-49a4-48cd-9ba3-42e027966273
Preparing for Multiple BirthsAre you expecting more than one baby? Find out how to take care of yourself and prepare for your multiple birth experience.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/multiple-births.html/6531a9dd-8b47-4c49-af01-5e4ee363c3b5
Preventing Premature BirthBabies who are born premature - before 37 weeks of pregnancy - can have health problems that last their whole lives. Learn ways to prevent early labor and have a healthy pregnancy.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/preventing-premature-birth.html/10f5d2eb-2f2a-49a9-abcf-488aeb1e40a4
Staying Healthy During PregnancyDuring your pregnancy, you'll probably get advice from everyone. But staying healthy depends on you - read about the many ways to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/preg-health.html/7e686897-565d-4171-9629-1e551abffa89
What's a "High-Risk" Pregnancy?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/high-risk.html/56b19921-0f96-45c7-93cb-c3f092b4cdf0
When Do Pregnant Women Need Progesterone Shots?Find out what the experts have to say. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/progesterone-shot.html/4410a7ee-4019-4716-9380-c0ef8f1d54ff
When Your Baby’s Born PrematurePremature infants, known as preemies, come into the world earlier than full-term infants. They have many special needs that make their care different from other babies.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/preemies.html/bba322bb-f2ec-4128-a331-b6d97eb4d544
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