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Why are some babies born prematurely?

my boyfriend was born prematurely by an entire month. he was also underweight. he was also adopted..taken at birth. just curious as to what could have caused the prematurity.

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There are literally thousands of possibilities. Usually premature birth is due to some sort of health thing of the mom - anything from drug abuse to a heart condition to an injury - but sometimes it's simply a fluke.

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It is natural if he was born with twins or triplets there you go =P

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My sister was born prematurely. I believe it was due to my mom smoking

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No single answer, hundreds of reasons,many out of our control.Some thrive perfectly, others end up with complications. In your BF's case, a month isn't a huge deal. Fairly common.
The funny thing is a lot of preemies end up being the biggest kids in class.

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He is pretty small and has been all his life
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Agreed. My bf was born (if I remember right) 6 weeks early. He's now 6' 3"
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Some people are genetically smaller by nature. His parents probably were small people.
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Hi Quest, yeah, I see it all the time! They turn into linebackers! : )
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There are tons of reasons. One cause can be smoking.

My niece was 11 weeks early and spent the first 6 weeks of her life in the NICU (Baby ICU). She had to wear a heart monitor for the entire first year of her life. She came home from the hospital Christmas Eve after her parents had to take a class in infant CPR.

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