What causes preterm labor?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Researchers are not entirely sure what causes preterm labor (PTL), but many risk factors have been identified. Dehydration, multiples, stress, overactivity, a history of early delivery or even being a pre-term infant yourself will put you at an increased risk.

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