What You Can Do to Help Prevent Premature Birth

A preterm birth, any birth that occurs before 37 weeks gestation, can put your baby at risk of serious health problems. A healthy pregnancy is your way to prevent preterm birth.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Go to all of your prenatal medical appointments to ensure that you and your baby are healthy.
     
  • Don’t  smoke drink alcohol  or take  illicit drugs. Ask your healthcare provider what medicines you can safely take while pregnant.
     
  • Ask your healthcare provider how much  weight you should gain during pregnancy and what, if anything, you need to do to maintain a healthy weight.
     
  • Seek treatment for any chronic health conditions you may have, including thyroid problems, diabetes and high blood pressure.
     
  • Protect yourself from infection. Wash your hands after using the bathroom or blowing your nose. Get a flu shot. Don’t eat raw meat or raw fish. If you have a cat, have someone else clean the litter box to avoid contact with bacteria in the cat’s waste.
     
  • Reduce your stress Exercise, eat a healthy diet, lean on family and friends for help and support. Talk with your boss if you need to lower stress at work.

Disclaimer:  This page is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always personally seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you have related to your health or medical condition. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you read here. 

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