Stay active during your pregnancy. Your doctor can give you exercise guidelines.
Make Lifestyle Changes
quit. Smoking increases the risk of pregnancy complications, like
premature birth. If you quit smoking, your risk of premature birth becomes similar to that of mothers who are nonsmokers.
This is just one of the many benefits of quitting.
Avoid secondhand smoke.
Do not drink
while you are trying to get pregnant or during pregnancy.
Physical and emotional abuse is harmful to you and your baby. If you are in an abusive relationship, seek help from your doctor, family, or friends. You can also call organizations like the
National Domestic Violence Hotline
at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
Learn the Signs of Preterm Labor
To reduce the risk of preterm labor progressing to preterm delivery, learn the signs of preterm labor. Call your doctor right away if you have any signs of preterm labor.
High Risk Women
Women with a history of preterm births may need to have extra care to prevent preterm labor. Your doctor may recommend progesterone therapy during pregnancy or having a cerclage placed.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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