Pregnancy Complications Are A Stress Test For Future Maternal Health And Pregnancies

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... women who have had two pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia are at a higher risk of hypertension after pregnancy.

... "while delivery may 'cure' preeclampsia in the moment, these mothers are at high risk of chronic hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus and blood clots for the rest of their lives. Pregnancy acts like a natural stress test for women."

... the research adds to growing data on the link between hypertensive pregnancy disorders, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and maternal death ...

... preterm delivery, preeclampsia and low-birth weight tend to recur and predispose to each other in a second pregnancy. The severity of the complication in the first pregnancy further increases these risks.

... if their first pregnancy resulted in a delivery between 32 and 36 weeks of gestation, the risk of a preterm delivery in the second pregnancy increased to 14.7% ... if their first pregnancy resulted in an even earlier preterm delivery- between 28 and 32 weeks of gestation-the risk of a preterm delivery in the second pregnancy increased to 25.4%. Delivery between 20 and 27 weeks in the first pregnancy doubled the risk for delivering a baby that was small for gestational age in the second pregnancy.

... spontaneous preterm delivery, preeclampsia, low fetal growth, placental abruption and stillbirth in a first and second pregnancy are interrelated," ... "Perhaps they all may be features of a 'placenta-associated syndrome.' ...

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