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Women Born Before Term At Higher Risk For Pregnancy Complications

September 24, 2012

Risk almost double for women born under 32 weeks

Women who were born preterm are at increased risk of complications during pregnancy compared to those born at term, and the risk almost doubles for mothers born before 32 weeks, according to a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Pregnancy complications include gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, and preeclampsia or eclampsia.

The findings are based on a study of 7405 women born preterm and 16 714 women born at term between 1976 and 1995 in the province of Quebec. Of the preterm women, 554 were less than 32 weeks at birth and 6851 were at 32