Myths and truths about premature births

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.
Read more

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.
Read more

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.
Read more

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.
Read more

Did you have a premature birth? Share your experience below or mail us on

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24