A typical pregnancy lasts up to 39 to 40 weeks. Premature labor is defined as going into labor earlier than 37 weeks.
While in the womb, your baby grows until they’re ready for birth. If preterm labor is detected, this growth process will stop midway and the baby might face issues right after they are born. These babies are known as premature babies or preemies. Premature labor happens when the baby is born after 20 weeks and before 37 weeks. Regular contractions can also lead to the cervix to open and make way for the baby.
This condition can be handled by doctors depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Modern scientific methods have made it possible for doctors to delay preterm labor as well – though this is completely dependent on where you are, how developed the hospital facility is to handle premature labour, and what your condition is like.