There may be an increased risk of preterm birth due to preeclampsia among women whose previous pregnancies ended in preterm birth due to preeclampsia. We studied 1,130 women who delivered 2 successive singleton infants in our hospital, excluding women who delivered an abnormally formed infant during the study period. We reviewed the gestational week at delivery in these 2,260 pregnancies and found a total of 182 preterm deliveries (8.1%) by 156 women. The causes of preterm birth were reviewed. Failed tocolysis, including premature rupture of membranes and clinical chorioamnionitis, and preeclampsia accounted for 135 (74.2%) and 30 (16.5%) of the 182 preterm deliveries, respectively. Women whose 1st delivery was preterm had a 3.26 times (95% CI 2.21-4.79) higher risk of a subsequent preterm delivery than women whose 1st delivery was term (26/96 vs. 60/1,034). The risk of preeclampsia-related preterm delivery was 54.4 times (17.2 to 172.5) higher in women with a previous preeclampsia-related preterm delivery than in women with a previous term delivery (5/19 vs. 5/1034). Women who had a history of preeclampsia-related preterm birth had a greater risk of preeclampsia-related preterm birth in a subsequent pregnancy as compared with women with a previous term birth.
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