Premature birth is the birth of a baby before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Home care can help support the baby. Medicine can help with a mother's healing.
To care for your baby at home:
Medicine may be given to ease pain. When taking medicine:
Some medicines can pass through the breast milk and may not be safe for your baby. Some may also make you produce less milk. Check with the doctor before taking any medicine.
The doctor will need to check on you and your baby's progress. Be sure to go to all appointments.
Call the doctor if your baby has:
If you think your child has an emergency, call for medical help right away.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Pregnancy Association
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
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Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Beverly Siegal, MD, FACOG Last Updated: 1/13/2021