Causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of premature labor


A full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks. Labor that begins before the 37th week of pregnancy is termed preterm labor. Preterm labor can happen from the 20th week of gestation to the 36th week. When it begins, it comes with intense and frequent contractions.

Preterm labor happens in about 12% of all pregnancies and is caused by various factors.

Risk factors for premature labor

Women who are at risk of having premature labor are:

  • Women who after the 20th week of pregnancy experience continuous and unexplained vaginal bleeding.

  • Women who have a fever of more than 101 degrees F when sick during pregnancy.

  • Women with infects such as kidney, bladder, urina