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Miscarriage indicates future danger, claims research

Women who have had a miscarriage should be monitored through theirlater pregnancies, as they are more likely to suffer complications,research has suggested.

When compared with women who enjoyed a successful first pregnancy,those that had miscarried were more likely to have a premature baby ora child with a low birthweight.

They were also more 3.3 times more likely to suffer potentiallylife-threatening pre-eclampsia and 1.7 times more likely to have athreatened miscarriage - where they have symptoms of a miscarriage butdo not actually miscarry.

Such women are also 1.3 times more likely to have bleeding after 24weeks in their subsequent pregnancy compared with those who had asuccessful first pregnancy.

The study, from the University of Aberdeen, also found that women whohad suffered one miscarriage were more than twice as likely to havelabour induced and were almost six times as likely to need interventionat labour in a subsequent pregnancy, such as the use of forceps.

The authors said it highlighted that just one miscarriage could affectfuture pregnancies and that these women should be monitored as well asthose who have recurrent miscarriages.

Research has shown that one in five pregnancies end in miscarriage inthe first three months and one in 100 women have recurrent miscarriages(three or more in a row).

The findings were published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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