Babies born early have a 57 percent greater risk of struggling with their heart and lungs later in life.

Each additional week spent in the womb was associated with a 14 percent reduction in the risk of poor cardiorespiratory health, reports Daily Mail. 

The study’s lead author, Dr Isabel Ferreira of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, hopes that these findings will discourage women from electing to have early term caesarean sections or labor inducements.

The study, published by the American Heart Association looked at the heart and respiratory health of nearly 800 people in Northern Ireland, born between 37 and 38 weeks, measuring their cardiorespiratory health at ages 12, 15 and 22.

Those born in early term under-performed, scoring significantly lower than those born at full or late term.

Dr Ferreira added that ‘healthcare providers and mothers should be informed of the lifelong health risks that early-term deliveries may have on their offspring and refrain from these,’ unless medically necessary.

Obviously if it is medically necessary then there is no debate at all, but if for some reason it is elective you might be best to wait.

People were outraged recently over a study claiming children born by caesarean section may have developmental delays compared to children born by vaginal delivery. Read that article HERE.

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  • My dr wouldn’t have even consided an early induction unless it was absolutely medically necessary.


  • With a medical reason it’s completely different indeed. I remember my obstetrician telling me that if I had another child, I should have been induced at around 38 weeks if I wanted to avoid a C-section. I was very close to it with my first and only child that was too big for my small body.


  • I didn’t even know you could opt in to have an early induction labour. My second baby was induced for medical reasons, she was due on the 26th of Jan, but was born on the 7th Jan – comparing my girls my youngest (the induced child) is actually better at maths than her older sister! – health wise both my girls are pretty even


  • Because of medical reasons my eldest daughter was born premature by emergency section when 30 weeks, weighing 880 grams. My son was born by planned C-section with 37 weeks (3kg), again because of medical reasons.
    Both are doing well, their cardiorespiratory health is good and the have no delays.


  • My 3rd son was induced early for my health or maybe they had enough of me taking up one of their beds for 3-4 days a week from 20 weeks. He was born at just before 38 weeks , he was due 26th Dec, so 12th was a better date or as the doc said easy to remember 12/12.


  • If there is a medical reason to induce well and good but if not best to stay in the womb.


  • a family member was just induced at 39 wks but she had a tough pregnancy and was on blood pressure tablets and there was fears for the baby’s growth. Why would you not let your child get the best from your womb?


  • Why would anyone want their baby to come an earlier.

    • Oops should read any and not an! Also; bubs need to stay in wombs until they are ready or need to come out due to emergency or risk.


  • But are there really mums that want to deliver their baby before full term, without a medical reason???


  • Unless there is a medical reason for it i think it is ridiculous and selfish, I am the mother of two premature born kids and that road is hard on everyone. I hear so many people say they wish their bub would come early and I just say to them to be very careful what they wish for


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