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How an Abortion Affects Subsequent Pregnancies

How An Abortion Affects Subsequent PregnanciesAbortions are nothing new and have been practiced for centuries. In recent times there has been a belief that if properly done, an abortion will not negatively impact subsequent pregnancies. This belief is being reconsidered by recent research.

The Risks Caused by Abortion

The research which was done to investigate the causes of low birth weight babies came up with some surprising results. It was discovered that women who aborted a pregnancy had a greater chance of having babies that were below the normal birth weight. The review of past studies on abortions was conducted by Dr. Prakesh Shah of Canada’s Paediatrics Department at the Mount Sinai Hospital. The results of the research were published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in September.

Low Birth Weight

There was a 35 percent risk of having a low birth weight baby if an abortion was done in the first or second trimester of a previous pregnancy. In fact, having more than one abortion increased the risk of having a low birth weight baby even more. Women who fall into this category had a 72% chance of giving birth to a baby that was below average weight.

A low birth weight baby is generally viewed as an infant weighing less than 5.5 pounds at birth regardless of what gestational period the birth occurs. Most low birth weight babies are also premature and tend to be at an increased risk for certain health problems throughout their lives. Fortunately most infants go on to live healthy lives given today’s technology.

Premature Birth

According to Dr. Shah, having an abortion in the first or second trimester increased the risk of premature birth by 36%. Premature birth refers to deliveries that occur by the 37th week of pregnancy. Dr. Shah’s findings are not the first to suggest this link. In 2007, a research team suggested that abortion can result in extreme pre-term birth and cerebral palsy in subsequent pregnancies.

Dr. Shah made his findings on the abortion link between premature birth and low birth weight after reviewing 37 studies published between 1965 and 2001. He concludes that the increased risk of premature birth and low birth weight may be due in part to damage to the cervix during the abortion. This damage Dr. Shah contends was more likely from older methods of performing the abortions. He recommends that women considering ahving an abortion be told about the possible risk to future pregnancies.

Written by: Jessdel27

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5 Comments on "How an Abortion Affects Subsequent Pregnancies"

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7 years 3 months ago

“Dr. Shah made his findings on the abortion link between premature birth and low birth weight after reviewing 37 studies published between 1965 and 2001.”

Oh come on, how can you even consider this a legitimate study? An abortion in 1965 was nothing like what an abortion in 2001 was.

8 years 1 month ago

After I had my first baby, I got pregnant again too soon and I wasn’t prepared to have another baby for a few reasons. I had an abortion and after that my next baby was a wopping 9lbs. If you have an abortion really early in the pregnancy, then it won’t affect your next pregnancy.

8 years 8 months ago

This articles states that out of 37 different study results, when combined, showed that women who’ve had abortions seemed to have a greater risk of delivering below average weight. The article even goes on to state that some of these results could be skewed due to the older methods that were used to abort a pregnancy back in the day, which are no longer practiced. All of the findings in this article are based on someone’s study, not the opinions of the writer.

8 years 8 months ago
This article DID NOT prove a link between abortion and low-weight births. Anyone who knows the basics of proving a thesis can figure that out. Just because many women who had an abortion had low-weight births does not conclude that the babies had a low birth weight BECAUSE of the abortion. Many women who do not have abortions have low-weight births and many women who have had abortions have normal weight babies. There are many other reasons why those women had low-weight births. Hmmm…smoking, not taking the right prenatal vitamins, not eating enough/gaining enough weight during the pregnancy, being underweight… Read more »
9 years 6 months ago

pretty informative. Should by all means, avoid abortion.

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