Who is at risk for preeclampsia? Lessons from a first pregnancy without preeclampsia

Tamar Wainstock, Eyal Sheiner

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The incidence of preeclampsia, which may cause significant maternal morbidity, has risen in recent years, therefore it is critical to identify women at risk for preeclampsia. We aimed to identify risk factors in the first pregnancy (not complicated by preeclampsia) for preeclampsia in the subsequent pregnancy.

Study Design
A retrospective population-based nested case-control study was conducted, including all women with two first singleton consecutive deliveries. Women with preeclampsia in first pregnancy were excluded. Cases were defined as women with preeclampsia in their second pregnancy, and were compared to the controls, defined as women without this diagnosis in second pregnancy. Characteristics and complications of the first pregnancy were compared between cases and controls, and multivariable logistic regression models were used to study the association between pregnancy complications (in the first pregnancy) and preeclampsia (in the subsequent pregnancy), while adjusting for confounders.

: A total of 40,673 women were included in the study, 1.5% of second pregnancies were diagnosed with preeclampsia (n=627, i.e., Cases). Cases, as compared to controls were older, with longer inter-pregnancy interval, and were more likely to have the following complications in their first pregnancy (Table): preterm delivery (15.0% vs. 7.7%), low birthweight (17.9% vs. 10.3%), perinatal mortality (3.2% vs. 1.1%), and gestational diabetes (7.0% vs. 2.7%). In the multivariable model, adjusted for maternal age, obesity and inter-pregnancy interval, either one of these first pregnancy complications were independently associated with an increased risk for preeclampsia (adjusted OR for a single risk factor=1.73; 95% CI 1.37-2.14, < 0.001), and the risk was greater for each additional complication (adjusted OR for ≥2 risk factors= 3.54; 95% CI 2.28- 5.52, p< 0.001 (Graph).

First pregnancy and its complications, may serve as a window of opportunity to identify women at risk for future preeclampsia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S442-S442
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number1, Supplement
StatePublished - Jan 2020


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