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What can cause me to go into preterm labor?

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Most causes of preterm labor are unknown. However, the following factors can contribute to the risk of you having preterm labor:

  • Being pregnant with more than one baby (twins, triplets, etc.)

  • Using alcohol, tobacco or drugs before or during pregnancy

  • Dehydration

  • Urinary tract infection

  • Sexually transmitted infections

  • History of preterm birth

  • Vaginal bleeding in the middle of pregnancy

  • Infection

  • An excessive amount of amniotic fluid around the baby

  • Problems with your cervix

  • Problems with your uterus

  • Genetic, economic, and social factors (for example, women who are African-American, who smoke, or who are significantly underweight when they get pregnant have higher risk for preterm labor)

  • Excess stress

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