Assisted Reproductive Techniques and prematurity


Preterm birth occurs when a woman gives birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy (a full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks) and “low birth weight infants” are born weighing less than 5 pounds, 9 ounces. Given that important growth and development occurs in the final weeks of pregnancy, pre-term babies may have health problems because their organs, including the brain, lungs and liver, did not have enough time to develop. Infants born preterm or with low birth weight are at greater risk of adverse health outcomes: visual and hearing impairments, intellectual and learning disabilities, and behavioral and emotional problems throughout life.

Several factors may increase the likelihood that a woman has a preterm labor. One of them is related with the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART): the risks of preterm birth and low birth weight are higher among infants conceived through ART than for infants in the general population, mainly because women who conceived through ART are more likely have a multiple pregnancy.

If you want to know more about low birth weight and preterm babies, please read our post “My baby is so cute, but was born so small…”. And more information about how omega-3 can help to prevent pre-term labor will be available on this site soon.


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