There are many reasons why a woman would go into labor before her scheduled due date, including:
- Having previously delivered prematurely
- A ruptured amniotic sac (ruptured membranes)
- Infections of the urinary tract or cervix
- A weak cervix—prior surgical procedures
- Abnormalities in the uterus, including fibroids and malformations of the uterus
- Twins or higher number of fetuses
- Smoking, drinking, or using drugs during pregnancy—especially cocaine
- Poor nutrition during pregnancy
- Too much amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios)
- Chronic diseases like:
A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition.
The following factors increase your chance of delivering prematurely:
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