Washington, Nov 10: U.S. study examined that morethan 100 pregnant women solved the mystery of why babies are born prematurely.
This study was published in the US journal Science Translational Medicine on Wednesday that abnormal calcium deposits in the membranes surrounding the developing foetus as a potential culprit in premature birth, Xinhua news agency reported.
The deposits are early markers of bone formation, which makes the membranes less elastic and more prone to breaking breaks that early, according to the study conducted by Ohio-based Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
“We do see calcium deposits in full term births as well, which is probably part of the normal breakdown of the membranes at the appropriate time,” Irina Buhimschi, Director of the Center for Perinatal Research at the hospital’s Research Institute, said in a statement.
Buhimschi said that membrane are supposed to rupture when labour is underway, because of which too many calcium deposits too early.
Abnormal calcium deposits leads to kidney stones, aneurism and rupture.
The findings suggested that it may be possible to identify pregnancies at greater risk for premature rupture of membranes.
They also submmit that possible interventions to prevent these kinds of prematures births.
“I believe strongly that there are dietary measures that would improve the intra-amniotic environment for these women,” she said.