Epidemiology

Preterm labor has been associated with the following findings:

1. Infection:

■ Pyelonephritis urinary tract infection (UTI)/sexually transmitted disease (STD)

■ Chorioamnionitis

2. Maternal factors:

■ Low socioeconomic status

■ Grand multiparity

■ ETOH/smoking/narcotics

■ Previous preterm labor

■ Previous abortion

■ Preeclampsia/eclampsia/HTN

3. Anomalies:

■ Uterine (septated uterus, fibroids)

■ Cervical incompetence

■ Multifetal pregnancy

■ Polyhydramnios

■ Fetal anomalies

■ Placenta previa/abruptio

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