Preterm Birth Prevention in New Jersey
Many mothers fear the possibility of preterm birth, as it can come with quite a few health risks for their baby. The good news is that some prevention techniques can help curb the possibility of preterm birth. At NJPA, we provide preterm birth prevention guidance so that those with high-risk pregnancies in NJ can feel more confident about their health and the health of their baby.
What is Preterm Birth?
Preterm birth is defined as any pregnancy where a child is born before 37 weeks. Preterm birth is the leading cause of infant death, with most deaths occurring if the child is born before week 31 or 32. Preterm birth is also the leading cause of long-term mental disabilities and numerous health conditions, such as cerebral palsy and vision issues. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm every year. Preterm birth rates have been rising each year. A baby being born prematurely means that they were not able to finish developing, which can lead to health problems along with a major emotional and financial toll on the family.
What Causes Preterm Birth?
Preterm birth can occur for a variety of reasons, with most happening spontaneously. However, certain factors can make it more likely for someone to experience preterm birth, which include:
- Being pregnant with more than one baby
- Being underweight or overweight before pregnancy
- Having a family history of preterm birth
- Chronic medical conditions (ex: diabetes or high blood pressure)
- Genetic factors
During your appointments with your doctor, they will make you aware of the signs of both preterm labor and normal labor, so you will know what to look out for and when to contact your doctor if needed.
Preventing Preterm Birth in NJ
At NJPA, we guide patients through their pregnancies and help them make certain lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of preterm birth. Although some risk factors cannot be avoided, staying healthy throughout your pregnancy can make it less likely that you will experience issues when it comes time to deliver your baby.
Seeking Proper Prenatal Care
Seeking prenatal care if you are pregnant is a huge first step in preventing preterm birth. Your doctor can recommend a prenatal vitamin and evaluate any medications you are taking to make sure they are safe for the pregnancy. Staying healthy and avoiding common ailments, like the flu, are quite important as the flu increases the chances of preterm birth. Our high-risk pregnancy specialists at NJPA have extensive experience helping expectant mothers gain the knowledge they need to make healthy choices during their pregnancies to achieve a successful birth.
Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Being at a healthy weight is important before your pregnancy, as your body should be at an optimum level before the stresses pregnancy induces. The weight of the mother during the pregnancy should be monitored closely as well. Preterm risks increase when a mother is far above her recommended weight for that period in the pregnancy.
Eliminating Harmful Lifestyle Habits
Certain lifestyle habits can increase the risk of preterm birth, which is why making lifestyle changes during pregnancy is so important. Habits like smoking can lead to preterm birth, and although quitting completely is recommended, the patch is a safer alternative for a pregnant woman. You should also avoid drinking alcohol and misusing prescription drugs during your pregnancy.
Eating a Balanced Diet
Part of remaining healthy to promote a full-term pregnancy includes eating a healthy diet. Along with any prenatal vitamins your doctor recommends, you should also eat a balanced diet with foods containing iron and folic acid. Eating a balanced diet is also very important for maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy.
Staying on top of your mental health is extremely important during pregnancy. You should be sure to set aside time for yourself to do the things you love, as well as incorporate stress reduction habits into your life. These can include yoga, meditation, or seeking support from friends and loved ones.
We are proud to offer comprehensive prenatal care to prevent preterm births at our office locations in NJ. The members of our team will gladly answer any questions you may have about your pregnancy and the proper steps to take.
It is a priority of our perinatologists at NJPA to work together with each other and with our referring doctors to ensure that all members of a patient’s care team are informed about all steps taken for the health of the patient and their baby. Physicians at NJPA who specialize in preterm birth prevention include:
Complications that arise during pregnancy can threaten the health of both the mother and baby. We strive to help expectant mothers in NJ take the proper steps to achieve a healthy and successful birth.
Prevention of Preterm Birth in New Jersey
Taking care of yourself during pregnancy and being proactive about seeing your doctor are the best techniques for preventing preterm birth. At NJ Perinatal Associates, we have the tools and knowledge needed to promote the positive health of both you and your baby, from the beginning of your pregnancy to the end. We specialize in high-risk pregnancies, and our staff is trained to recognize the signs of preterm birth and guide each patient when it comes to lifestyle changes to prevent this complication of pregnancy. To learn more about the care we provide for expectant mothers in NJ or schedule an appointment, please contact the office nearest you today.