The definition of premature or preterm baby is one that is born before 37 weeks gestation. There are three level of prematurity and each have their own risks and complications.
If you have any or a combination of these symptoms contact your hospital.
In many cases the causes of premature labor are unclear. Infection, problems with the cervix, multiple births and lifestyle during pregnancy can all influence premature labor.
Thankfully advances in neonatal care have increased greatly and special care units and staff are equipped to support a premature baby until they are able to support themselves independently. The earlier a baby is born the higher level of care they will need and the greater the risk of complications. The highest risk is to babies born before the 26th week of pregnancy.