Premature Labor

Premature Labor

Pregnancy most often lasts 40 weeks. Preterm or premature births happen when a baby is born less than 37 weeks into pregnancy. The baby may be born through the vagina or with a C-section. Your body will respond the same way, even though you have had your baby early. When a baby is born prematurely, the baby may not be ready to live outside the womb. The organs may not be fully developed. A baby who is born early will need extra care in a hospital. It may take a few weeks before the baby is allowed to go home. The earlier a baby is born, the more problems a baby may have. Premature babies are also more likely to have health problems throughout their life than babies who are not born early.