Skip directly to searchSkip directly to the site navigationSkip directly to the page's main content

Risk Factors for Preterm Birth

Risk Factors

2016 data show the following risk factors contribute to having a preterm birth: *Previous preterm births *Excessive weight gain during pregnancy *Pre-pregnancy BMI (underweight or obese prior to pregnancy) *Intervals less than 6 months between pregnancies *Multiple gestation (e.g. twins) *Tobacco or alcohol use during pregnancy *Maternal chronic disease, such as hypertension or diabetes

Related Risk Factors Indicators:

The information provided above is from the Department of Health's Center for Health Data IBIS-PH web site ( The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Tue, 16 October 2018 16:36:27 from Department of Health, Center for Health Data, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: ".

Content updated: Tue, 2 Oct 2018 09:39:59 MDT