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J. Clin. Med. 2017, 6(8), 76; doi:10.3390/jcm6080076

Long-Term Effects of Pregnancy Complications on Maternal Health: A Review

Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ma’ayanei HaYeshua Hospital, 5154475 Bnei Brak, Israel
Academic Editor: Jane Grant-Kel
Received: 24 May 2017 / Revised: 26 June 2017 / Accepted: 20 July 2017 / Published: 27 July 2017
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Background: Most pregnancy-related medical complications appear to resolve at delivery or shortly thereafter. Common examples are preterm labor, placental abruption, preeclampsia, and gestational diabetes. Women who developed such complications are known to be at increased risk of developing similar complications in future pregnancies. It has recently become evident that these women are at an increased risk of long term medical complications. Methods: A search through scientific publications in English regarding the association of obstetric complications and long-term maternal illness. Results: There is a clear association between various obstetric complications and long-term effects on maternal health. Conclusions: Women with a history of adverse pregnancy outcomes are at increased risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases later in life. Data increasingly links maternal vascular, metabolic, and inflammatory complications of pregnancy with an increased risk of vascular disease in later life. View Full-Text
Keywords: pregnancy complications; long-term effects; gestational diabetes; preeclampsia; preterm labor pregnancy complications; long-term effects; gestational diabetes; preeclampsia; preterm labor
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