Repeated abortions increase the risk of premature and low birthweight births

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 03 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5907
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Women who have had three or more abortions are more likely to give birth prematurely or have a baby of low birth weight when they carry their first child to term, according to a study published online in the journal Human Reproduction on Thursday.

The study, one of the largest ever to look at the effects of abortion on subsequent pregnancy outcomes, found that women were three times more likely to have a very premature first baby, born before 28 weeks, if they had had three or more abortions previously.1

Finnish researchers reviewed the pregnancy outcomes of more than 300 800 Finnish women who gave birth for the first time between 1996 and 1998. More than 10% of these women had undergone one induced abortion (31 083 women), 1.5% had had two (4417 women) and 0.3% three or more (942 women). …

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