You have had a risk assessment at the beginning of your pregnancy that shows you may be at higher risk of premature birth. This may be because of one or more of the following conditions:
- You have had a previous baby or your waters have broken before 34 weeks of pregnancy
- You have lost a baby due to early labour after 16 weeks of pregnancy (mid-trimester loss)
- You have previously had a stitch in your cervix (cervical cerclage)
- You have an unusually shaped womb
- Surgery to the neck of the womb
- You have previously had a caesarean section when your cervix was fully dilated
You may also have been referred to the preterm birth prevention clinic as a result of a previous birth experience.
These factors may slightly increase the risk of your baby coming early, but it does not mean that they definitely will.