What is a preemie or premature baby?

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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
  • hypertension
  • 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:

  • smoking
  • illicit drug use
  • alcohol consumption
  • poor nutrition

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