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Celeb Babies: Doctor Weighs In on Challenges Faced by Parents of Premature Births

Kim Kardashian did exactly what nature may have intended on Saturday.

The E! star had a medical condition that caused her to give birth to her baby girl five weeks prematurely, and, according to OBGYN Dr. Kathleen Velenton (she is not Kim's doctor), going into labor that early may have been the best possible outcome.

Velenton spoke exclusively to E! News about the challenges that parents of premature babies face, as they prepare for what lies ahead for their precious little ones.

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Velenton said that oftentimes, first-time mother are prone to developing preeclampsia, and the condition is "really characterized by having a little bit of swelling in your extremities, also some pain and headache, really in the late third trimester, and the cure for it is delivery.

"And sometimes early delivery, for the benefit of the baby and for mom," she added.

"Swollen feet are really a common feature of pregnancy," Velenton said. "They're not necessarily something that would indicate that you do have preeclampsia, but we do, as physicians, take that into account."

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As for the risk factors that may arise with early delivery?

"Sometimes the lung maturity might lag a little bit, but really with preeclampsia you're not doing the baby any favors by keeping it inside, and really growing on the outside is what that baby needs."

Watch the clip to hear more from this interview.

Tune in to E! News weeknights at 7 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.

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