Women who were born prematurely are at an increased risk of giving birth to pre term babies, new research says.
The researchers analyzed data from a cohort of 7,405 Canadian women, who were born pre term, over a period of 19 years, from 1976 to 1995, and compared it to that of women born at term.
"Our findings are unequivocal. The simple fact of being born prematurely increases the risk of premature delivery," said lead author of the study Ariane Boivin from University of Montreal in Canada.
In the study, 13 percent of women born before 37 weeks of gestation gave birth prematurely at least once, compared to 9.5 percent of women born at term.
"Knowing that being born pre term is a risk factor for expectant mothers, obstetricians could inform their patients of the warning signs of premature labor, so they can be vigilant and respond quickly if contractions occur," explained senior author Anne Monique Nuyt from University of Montreal.