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Q&A: If I delivered prematurely with my first baby, will I do the same with future babies?

If I went into labor prematurely with my first baby, am I more likely to deliver early again?

Re: If I went into labor prematurely with my first baby, am I more likely to deliver early again?

The Bump Expert

While it's true that every pregnancy is different, in the case of preterm labor, history (unfortunately) does have a way of repeating itself. Studies have in fact proven that you're more like to deliver early if you’ve experienced preterm labor before, but of course, it's important to remember that this isn’t always the case. For example, if you've eliminated certain risk factors such as smoking or drug use, or if you had multiples with your first pregnancy, and now have a singleton pregnancy, you may be able to carry your baby to full term without a hitch!

Karen Moise, RN

Q&A: If I delivered prematurely with my first baby, will I do the same with future babies?

i am wondering the same thing. i had my daughter at 36 weeks and she was 5 lbs and 1 oz, when she was born. i had gotten checked and had my group b strep test done too, they said i wasnt anywhere near being close to going into labor so i got the permission to go to arkansas which the part i went to is a 2 hour drive. we stopped at a gas stationa nd my water broke. i am currently pregnant with our second and i have started getting similar symptoms like i did with my first. i had horrible back pain and pressure and pain down low for weeks till i had her. i am 30 weeks and was wondering if there is a chance that i could go into early labor again or if it was just the car ride there that put me into labor

alynnr10 |

Q&A: If I delivered prematurely with my first baby, will I do the same with future babies?

I have been wondering about this myself. My first son (7 years ago) was born at 37 weeks. Although the Dr. claims he wasn't "technically" born permature, he was born with premature lungs, had a horrible case of pneumonia, and spent 22 days in the NICU. I'm pregnant with our second son and I'm so worried that I will go into early labor again. Of course I'm trying to stay calm but it's not that easy to do.

debbieusc |

Q&A: If I delivered prematurely with my first baby, will I do the same with future babies?

I had my first child at 33.5 weeks (a healthy boy) and am currently pregnant with my second. I had asked my OB what the chances of having another early baby was and his answer was that the risk is still there but the fact that my water broke before I started contractions the risk is much much lower; had it been the other way around he said the chance would have been almost 100% of having an early baby again.

kiwi_ice |

Q&A: If I delivered prematurely with my first baby, will I do the same with future babies?

I had my first at 35 weeks. it was a very fast labor, by the time i got to the hospital i was 7cm dialated (that was a close one!). Now i am on bed rest and have been since the beginning of 7months. my dr explained that there are all kinds of risks in the medical world (like the risk of lung cancer if you smoke) and that the risk of having a second premature baby was one of the very top ones of the list. i am wondering tho, since i am on bed rest, how much does that lower my chances of going into preterm labor again?

gomezmama |

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I had my first at 36weeks that day I had a Dr appointment but I was bleeding so I signed my name and told the lady in the front if I can use the restroom she said yes so since I notice that I was bleeding I told the nurse she checked me and I was dilated to a 9 again she checked me I was a 10 I had my baby at noon.... my second was 36 weeks. and started to have contractions wen I. Went to the hospital I was dilated to a 9 I had her in the afternoon ..... my third was 36weeks my water broke at 12 midnight and I was not having contractions so I didn't go to the hospital until the next day wen I got there I was dilated to 5 need some medicine in my IV to start the contractions .... my fourth I'm 36 weeks lets see if I have her during this week I hope so....

mommyof3girlzn1boy |

Q&A: If I delivered prematurely with my first baby, will I do the same with future babies?

OK. Although I understand the worry, believe me I do, there are many things to be concerned with in pregnancy - unless you KNOW for sure that you will go into preterm labour - and that your child WILL be born early....the stress isn't worth it!! My first child was born at 28 weeks (2lbs 15oz) - after my water breaking at 25/4. My pregnancy had been textbook up until that point...no smoking, no drinking, no pre-existing conditions or concerns!!! HOWEVER - with my second child I went to 41 weeks and had a very healthy 8lb 15oz. boy. Now pregnant with our third boy - and at 29 weeks - we are diligent about keeping on top of my condition - but I am certainly hopeful that we will go to term with this one too!!

KarenHawli |

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