Study Shows Mother's Pre-Pregnancy Health, Not Age, Drives Pregnancy Complications

Age Plays Minor Role in Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes, Health Conditions Key Factor
A study from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago reveals that adverse pregnancy outcomes
have risen in the past decade, but it's not due to the mother's age. Rather, it's primarily linked to the
mother's pre-pregnancy health conditions, like diabetes and hypertension. The average age of
pregnant individuals increased slightly from 2011 to 2019, but age accounted for only a small portion
of the adverse outcomes. Conditions such as hypertensive disorders of pregnancy increased significantly,
while the age distribution change had a minimal impact. Understanding these factors can help modify
health issues and reduce pregnancy complications and long-term cardiovascular risks.

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