Answer: A preemie baby, also known as a premature baby, is born before 37 weeks. Some preemie’s can be born with a variety of complications, such as underdeveloped lungs and developmental issues, although quite a few are born with no issues at all.
The cause of a preterm delivery is not always known and not usually within a mother’s control.
Sometimes it can be caused by the mother’s health condition:
- gestational diabetes
- heart or kidney problems
- infection (sometimes involving the amniotic membranes, or genital/urinary tracts)
- bleeding from abnormal positioning of placenta
Premature birth can also be caused by a mother’s lifestyle choices such as:
- illicit drug use
- alcohol consumption
- poor nutrition