The high risks group for premmie babies is very surprising.

Pregnant women in their early 20s and after 40 have the highest risk of giving birth prematurely, according to new research.

Women who wait to have children between 30 and 34 are in the ‘sweet spot’ where their risk of preterm birth is the lowest – even lower than those who are most fertile in their 20s.

While women worldwide are increasingly giving birth later in life, the risk for preterm birth is also going up.

However, researchers continue to investigate the exact association between maternal age and premature birth, shares Daily Mail.

Researchers from Canada, analyzed data from 32 hospitals in Quebec from 2008 to 2011.

They examined 165,195 pregnancies and identified five different age groups among the participants.  Age groups ranged from 20 to 24, 25 to 29, 30 to 34, 35 to 29, and 40 years or more.

Researchers then compared the women based on maternal characteristics, gestation and complications at childbirth and risk factors for prematurity.

Their study published in the journal PLOS ONE noted the common risk factors that come along with a mature pregnancy.

I am quite surprised the 20s age bracket is a high risk group.

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  • I wonder if they have looked into exactly why this would be.


  • The Due Date is not always correct. I know one Mum whose due date was the first week in October. Mid September the Obst. wanted to induce as the baby was big enough, and the Mum was huge. The baby was born naturally one day after the Mum was told she could be induced. The baby definitely wasn’t premature at all. The same suggestion was made when she was pregnant the 2nd time.


  • Wow, that is really surprising- I had both of my kids in my 20s. 25 for my first and then 28 for my second.


  • Yes, that is certainly very surprising.


  • I would have thought that the older you get the more chance of having a prem baby not the younger you are. Opened my eyes


  • Wow, interesting to know.


  • Wow, that’s news to me.


  • This is a surprising finding. Useful to know.


  • I also thought that the younger you are, the more possibilities there are to reach full term.
    I had my daughter at 36 years old. One day before my due date. So 39 weeks and 6 days.


  • I had mine at 18, 23 and 26 and they were all full term. Interesting though, i wouldn’t have thought i was in a higher risk bracket


  • I was age 30 and went ten days over. I’m very surprised that its higher risk for early 20s.


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