A Healthy Start with Prenatal Care

Each year 500,000 babies in the United States are born too soon (less than 37 weeks). While the preterm birth rate has declined in recent years, it still remains too high. November is Prematurity Awareness Month and UC Health and the March of Dimes is working to find solutions to the cause of preterm birth. Reduce the risk:

  • Get prenatal care as soon as you think you may be pregnant and throughout the pregnancy.
  • Talk to your provider about how long to wait between pregnancies.
  • Get treated for chronic health conditions, such as thyroid problems, diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Don’t smoke, avoid alcohol and illicit drugs.
  • Reduce your stress. Exercise, be active and eat healthy foods.
  • Seek medical attention for any warning signs or symptoms of preterm labor.
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