Maternal pregnancy weight gain and the risk of placental abruption

Hamisu M. Salihu, Elise Diamond, Euna M. August, Shams Rahman, Mulubrhan F. Mogos, Alfred K. Mbah

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To evaluate the relationship between pregnancy weight gain and placental abruption, Missouri's population-based, maternally linked, longitudinal dataset (1989-2005, n=1,146,935) was assessed. Regardless of baseline body mass index, women who gained less than the optimal amount recommended by the Institute of Medicine had a 67% increased likelihood of placental abruption (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] for placental abruption=1.673; 95%CI=1.588-1.762) compared with those who gained an optimal amount of weight, while those who gained more than the recommended optimal amount of weight had a 30% reduced AOR for placental abruption (AOR=0.695, 95%CI=0.660-0.731). These findings underscore the importance of maternal weight management as part of preconception care to improve pregnancy outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S9-S17
JournalNutrition Reviews
Issue numberSUPPL1
StatePublished - Oct 29 2013


  • Gestational weight gain
  • Placental abruption
  • Preconception care
  • Pregnancy outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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    Salihu, H. M., Diamond, E., August, E. M., Rahman, S., Mogos, M. F., & Mbah, A. K. (2013). Maternal pregnancy weight gain and the risk of placental abruption. Nutrition Reviews, 71(SUPPL1), S9-S17.