(WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.) – Women who are pregnant should discuss their risk of preterm birth by the 12th week of pregnancy, according to a commentary published in the November issue of Ob. Gyn. News.
The commentary stemmed from a study by the March of Dimes and BabyCenter that found that more than two-thirds of new or expectant mothers had not discussed the risks and consequences of preterm birth with their healthcare provider.
Preterm birth, or birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy, is the leading cause of newborn death. It can also lead to serious health challenges such as learning disabilities and cerebral palsy.
The commentary suggested that early detection can help prevent premature birth.
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