The Number Of Premature Births Increases – Part 1 of 2
The Number Of Premature Births Increases. Pregnant women who elect to have an early delivery put themselves and their babies at increased risk for complications, researchers warn in Dec 2013. A full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks, while an early-term pregnancy is 37 weeks to 38 weeks and six days. In about 10 percent to 15 percent of all deliveries in the United States performed before 39 weeks, there is no brilliant medical explanation for the early delivery, according to the researchers.
Illness and death rates “have increased in mothers and their babies that are born in the early-term period compared to babies born at 39 weeks or later. There is a constraint to improve awareness about the risks associated with this,” Dr Jani Jensen, a Mayo Clinic obstetrician and lead initiator of a review article on the topic, said in a Mayo news release. For newborns, the increased risks of elective early delivery include breathing problems, feeding difficulties and conditions such as cerebral palsy, according to the dope release.