Myths and truths about premature births
We clear up some of the things that are said to cause premature birth.
By Zayaan Schroeder Mollagee
There are many things that could contribute to a baby being born premature. We take a look at some of the things that could bring it on.
Traffic affects preterm birth?
Women living near major, heavily-trafficked roads were more likely to give birth prematurely, perhaps due to traffic-related air pollution, according to a Japanese study.
Multivitamins may not be so bad
Women who take vitamins have fewer premature babies. It was found that women who take multivitamins regularly around the time they get pregnant appear to have a lower risk of going into labour prematurely or having a smaller-than-normal baby.
Shift work may have little impact on pregnancy
Women working night or rotating shifts did have a slightly higher chance of having a baby who was small for gestational age, but the evidence was not strong enough to make "confident conclusions," the researchers reported in the journal BJOG.
Mum and her gums
It is been suggested that gum disease raises the risk of preterm birth in pregnant women and it was thought that getting rid of gum disease may potentially reduce the risk of preterm delivery.
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