Study says miscarriage, abortion may pose risks for future pregnancies

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A study conducted by doctors in Israel suggests that first-time expectant mothers who have had an abortion or miscarriage during a previous pregnancy may face an increased risk of complications during delivery. The study found that past terminated pregnancy was linked to a slightly higher rate of induced labor, retained placenta after delivery and Cesarean section procedures. According to the study, whether the first pregnancy ended spontaneously or intentionally made little difference. According to the study’s lead author, Dr. Liran Hiersch, a researcher in obstetrics and gynecology at Rabin Medical Center in Petach Tiva and Tel Aviv University. “Since the effect of a previous miscarriage on the risk for future complications was only mild, women should be reassured that in most cases no adverse effect is expected.” The study is notable because as many as 20 percent of women are believed to have a miscarriage or first-trimester abortion before they have a baby. Women who’ve been in those situations are told not to worry. As a specialist in high-risk pregnancies at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Jeffrey Ecker told Reuters, “Most women would prefer not to have a miscarriage or be in a situation where they are choosing abortion, but they should not worry about their reproductive health if they have been in these situations once before.”

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