3 Steps to Lower a Woman's Risk of Premature Birth

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Up to one-quarter of preterm births might be prevented if women paid attention to three risk factors that are under their control, new research suggests.

Those factors include spacing pregnancies well, beginning at a healthy weight and gaining the recommended amount during the pregnancy, the researchers found.

"These are all risk factors for a really serious health outcome -- preterm birth," said study co-author Dr. Emily DeFranco. She is a researcher at the Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

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