A new study has found that women who had even a single interrupted pregnancy were about 30% more likely to haveácomplications during a full-term pregnancy, including inducedálabor, C-section delivery and complications with the placenta.
The study analyzed more than 15,000 mothers who delivered babies at Rabin Medical Center in Israel.
"It is important to emphasize that a single pregnancy loss is a very common event during a woman's reproductive years. In most cases it has no effect on future fertility or pregnancy outcome," says lead researcher Dr. Liran Hiersch atáTel Aviv University. á
Researchers say this study was the first to look at a mother's fertility history backward from the time she delivered a baby.
Women who had several abortions or miscarriages are known to have a higher risk of complications in future pregnancies.áThese new findings are intended to help OB-GYNs decide what precautions to recommend to women whose pregnancies may have previously been considered low-risk.á
"We hope this study will be incorporated in the usual risk assessments. Doctors should know there is another element to factor in when assisting a woman before labor," says Hiersch.
Common risks during pregnancy for women who had experienced a miscarriage or abortion:
- bleeding during early pregnancy
- preterm birth
- low fetal birth weight
- placenta-related complications