Going the Full Term: National Prematurity Awareness Month
Going the Full Term:
National Prematurity Awareness Month ￼
Having a baby should be an exciting time for every expectant mother. You will often hear them say that making sure the baby is healthy is the top priority. Making sure the pregnancy goes the full term is one key to the baby’s health as the health risks are greater the earlier a birth occurs. When the baby is born before 37 weeks are complete, it is considered a preterm or premature birth. A baby is considered full term when born at 39 weeks. While there is no blueprint for how to prevent a premature birth, there are some things that may increase the risk:
• Previous preterm labor or premature birth
• Certain infections such as urinary tract infections
• Pregnancy with twins, triplets or other multiples
• Drinking alcohol
• Using drugs
• Being extremely under or overweight
• Gaining too much or too little weight during pregnancy
• Chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure
• Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy
• Little or no prenatal care If you develop any signs or symptoms of preterm labor such as cramps, contractions, vaginal bleeding or discharge, you should seek medical attention immediately.
As a Florida Blue member, you can also enroll in the Healthy Addition® Prenatal Education Program. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-955-7635 and select option 6.
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