Third Trimester

Q&A: If I Delivered Prematurely With My First Baby, Will I Do The Same With Future Babies?

If I went into labor prematurely with my first baby, am I more likely to deliver early again?

While it's true that every pregnancy is different, in the case of preterm labor, history (unfortunately) does have a way of repeating itself. Studies have in fact proven that you're more like to deliver early if you’ve experienced preterm labor before, but of course, it's important to remember that this isn’t always the case. For example, if you've eliminated certain risk factors such as smoking or drug use, or if you had multiples with your first pregnancy, and now have a singleton pregnancy, you may be able to carry your baby to full term without a hitch!

By Karen Moise, RN