What other risk factors increase your likelihood of having preeclampsia again?

The Preeclampsia Registry in Action: Patient-reported preconceptional characteristics in the prediction of recurrent preeclampsia

Category: Risk

Lay Summary: One clinical risk factors for developing preeclampsia in pregnancy is having had preeclampsia before- this is called recurrent preeclampsia. Researchers in this study asked what other factors among persons with a history of preeclampsia can also help predict preeclampsia will occur again in a future pregnancy. Data from 1,028 persons in the Preeclampsia Registry with a history of preeclampsia were used to answer this question. Almost 10 years old now, the Preeclampsia Registry was built to create a partnership between preeclampsia survivors and researchers to help our understanding of preeclampsia. In this study, results showed several predictors of recurrent preeclampsia including: history of migraines, high blood pressure outside of pregnancy (called ‘chronic hypertension’), and first-degree relatives with cardiovascular disease or a placenta-related pregnancy complication.

Take home message: a history of migraines, chronic high blood pressure, and a family history of heart disease may increase your risk for developing preeclampsia in more than one pregnancy.

Link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35183928/

Citation: Bijl RC, Cornette JMJ, Brewer AN, Zwart IF, Franx A, Tsigas EZ, Koster MPH. Patient-reported preconceptional characteristics in the prediction of recurrent preeclampsia. Pregnancy Hypertens. 2022 Feb 10;28:44-50. doi: 10.1016/j.preghy.2022.02.003. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35183928.

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