By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There was a very interesting study conducted at Stanford University and it reinforces why getting early and consistent medical care during pregnancy can help your unborn baby.READ MORE: Waterford Township Schools Closed After More Than 60% Of Staff Sickened Following Luncheon
According to the report, infections may play a bigger role in premature birth than doctors have thought.READ MORE: Giant Supermarket Chain Opening 4 New Stores In Philadelphia, Hiring 700 Employees
In the study one in seven women in pre-term labor was suffering from an infection at the time. These were bacterial or fungal infections that can linger as a result of not being detected soon enough.
The concern is when infectious agents can enter the amniotic fluid. The more heavily infected the amniotic fluid, the more likely a woman is to deliver a younger, sicker baby.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Officials Expected To Provide Update On Reopening Timeline Tuesday, Sources Say
Certain infections, such as vaginal or urinary tract infections, are known to raise the risk of premature birth. It is important to get care during pregnancy.