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Abortions Hike Risks in Later Pregnancies

Friday, 31 August 2012 12:50 PM

Women who have had multiple abortions increase their odds of later delivering a baby prematurely or having a child with low birth weight or other complications, according to a new study believed to be among the largest ever to examine the effect of induced abortions on a subsequent first birth.
The research, published online in the journal Human Reproduction, found that women who had had three or more abortions were 35 percent more likely to later have a baby born preterm (before 37 weeks) and twice as likely to have a very low birth-weight child.

"Our results suggest that induced abortions before the first birth, particularly three or more abortions, are associated with a marginally increased risk during the first birth,” said lead researcher Dr. Reija Klemetti, a public health specialist with the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki, Finland. “However, the increased risk is very small, particularly after only one or even two abortions, and women should not be alarmed by our findings."
For the study, researchers tracked the health records of 300,858 Finnish mothers – 10.3 percent of whom had had one induced abortion between 1996-2008, 1.5 percent had two, and 0.3 percent had three or more induced abortions before a first birth (excluding twins and triplets).
The results showed the risk of having a baby born very preterm increased slightly with each induced abortion, but only the risk from two abortions or more was statistically significant.
"To put these risks into perspective, for every 1,000 women, three who have had no abortion will have a baby born under 28 weeks," said Klemetti. "This rises to four women among those who have had one abortion, six women who have had two abortions, and 11 women who have had three or more."

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