Moms Who Smoked as Teens More Likely to Deliver Smaller Babies

After falling 8 percent from 2007 to 2014, the preterm rate has increased for the second year in a row according to new data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Some of the reasons for these statistics include: lack of prenatal care, obesity, tobacco use and some fertility treatments can all lead to early births. Teenagers and women who have babies spaced too closely together also have higher rates of preterm birth.