Premature births are increasing and so are more babies standing at risks of longer hospital stays followed by several health problems as well. More worrisome is the fact that the researchers are still not able to point which first-time moms are actually at higher risks of going into labor preterm.
According to the reports of the hospital authorities, one in every eight babies in the United States is born premature. The figures are really worrying the health officials as they are trying to assess the preterm birth risks in first-time moms but are still unclear with the whole picture.
"The largest risk factor for preterm birth is a history of preterm birth, which by definition, first-time mothers don't have”, said Dr. Erin Clark, an Assistant Professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. "Predicting which first-time mothers will deliver early is very difficult”, she added.
With a similar aim, the Australian researchers also ran a study recently in which they attempted to clarify the issue. With a little achievement they have still pinpointed several factors, which they believe could be playing a role in increasing a woman's risk for early delivery.
The concluded factors include: an unwell feeling during entire pregnancy, women with short cervix and marijuana use before pregnancy. Still studies are being performed to find better results.
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