What Can Cause A Preterm Delivery?

Writing this post takes me back to that midnight when my husband took me to the hospital as my water bag (amniotic sac) broke due to premature rupture of membranes. Being a medical professional, I knew what it meant and I told him that I am going to deliver too soon!


I am a mother to a preterm baby born at 30 weeks who is now a chirpy 4 year old. The good neo natal care given to her in the crucial first month of life helped her to win against the odds.


While you may be doing things right during your pregnancy, you may give birth before completing full term. The American college of obstetrics and gynaecology states that there are certain risk factors associated with pre term delivery (after 20 weeks and before 37 weeks of pregnancy) which include:


You must be careful if you have a job that is physically demanding and requires long standing hours. Research on preterm birth indicates that emotional stress during pregnancy may also trigger pre term birth.


I had vaginal bleeding at 26 weeks for which I was given medications and was asked to take rest. I started going to work again when I got better as I wanted to save leaves for the post delivery days. It was logical I thought!


Retrospection gives me a revelation that I was under a lot of emotional stress which I didn't realize then. I was unhappy with everything around me: I didn't enjoy my job, I thought I have married a wrong person, I didn't like my in-laws and the list of dislikes was just endless.


I was not able to take charge of my life and was just blaming others for the turbulence. I would ask all of you to love yourself and do the best you can to beat stress. You may like to pick up a hobby, meditate or take up yoga, listen to music or simply read a book. Just do it for yourself and everything else will fall in place!


I wish you all a joyful motherhood.

Love, Peace & Joy


Also read more about: Emotional roller-coaster of the mother of a little, preemie baby

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Comments (11)

Mayo Verma

hope the baby is in best health.Amen

Prajakta Bagwe

Ur a courageous Mom Megha..I completely agree that working women always try to save their leaves for post delivery but that's not correct.. One should plan n save enough leaves in advance n use them as n when required before delivery too to rest.

Nisha Pillai

I totally agree with you Megha.I too did the same for my first pregnancy and my daughter was also premature born with low weight.she is 2 years old now. I'm 20 weeks pregnant again . Thank you for your post . I'm also working but this time would take more care , so that this time everything goes fine.

aradhana sharma mudgal

hi..I m in the same boat.. suffered from gestational diabetes and due to poly or no known reason I went to premature labour at 28 week..I wish my child have successful life ahead .he is now at home and have issues with cough b cold. can anyone suggest me entire guide or book for caring premature babies and how to help them to reach major milestones as in correct age..

manju asrani

I m also working..m 32 weeks pregnant..I want to save my leaves for best parenting..but I get thoughts regarding premature delivery..

Raaghavi Yuvaraj

I am new to babychakra.just now saw your article.hats off to you! bringing up a primmie without any problem isn't a easy task. I also delivered my baby boy when I was in my 31st week. he was at the NICu for 40 days! each day was like hell. still the hope and positive thoughts made us overcome. May God bless you and your baby.

Pallavi Gurav Patil

This is just in time

Venkat Kiran

This is so well written.


Even I m pregnant this is my second baby but there is many stress going in my life I m nervous of premature baby


Hi...during my first baby I was diagnoised placenta previa. Does it continue during 2 nd pregnancy.

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