Mother’s family history could pose risk for preterm birth

Tracing Your Family Tree may be More Important then you Realize

Preterm Birth is a condition where babies are born early, and can often lead to infant hospitalization. A study was published recently that followed 22 years of pattern tracking. It found some shocking trends about childbirth. Not just from Mother to Daughter either, it can follow from different female family members.

Preterm birth occurs when a baby is born before 37 weeks of pregnancy and is the leading cause of infant hospitalization, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In 2015, preterm birth affected one of every 10 infants born in the United States.

The study, published in the American Journal of Perinatology, followed 2,300 mothers and daughters over 22 years (1991 to 2013), and found that the risk of preterm delivery was significantly higher among the 34 percent of women whose mothers had given birth early for any of her pregnancies. The risk remained significant even after adjusting for the race and age of the woman giving birth.

Additionally, the researchers also found that even if a mother’s aunt or sister had premature births, her risk…

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