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Potentially modifiable risk factors of preterm delivery in women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes

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AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: We aimed to identify potentially modifiable risk factors and causes for preterm delivery in women with type 1 or type 2 (pre-existing) diabetes.

METHODS: A secondary analysis of a prospective cohort study of 203 women with pre-existing diabetes (117 type 1 and 86 type 2 diabetes) was performed. Consecutive singleton pregnancies were included at the first antenatal visit between September 2015 and February 2018.

RESULTS: In total, 27% (n = 55) of the 203 women delivered preterm at median 36 + 0 weeks. When stratified by diabetes type, 33% of women with type 1 diabetes delivered preterm compared with 20% in women with type 2 diabetes (p = 0.04). Women delivering preterm were characterised by a higher prevalence of pre-existing kidney involvement (microalbuminuria or diabetic nephropathy) (16% vs 3%, p = 0.002), preeclampsia (26% vs 5%, p < 0.001), higher positive ultrasound estimated fetal weight deviation at 27 gestational weeks (2.7% vs -1.6% from the mean, p = 0.008), higher gestational weight gain (399 g/week vs 329 g/week, p = 0.01) and similar HbA1c levels in early pregnancy (51 mmol/mol [6.8%] vs 49 [6.6%], p = 0.22) when compared with women delivering at term. Independent risk factors for preterm delivery were pre-existing kidney involvement (OR 12.71 [95% CI 3.0, 53.79]), higher gestational weight gain (per 100 g/week, OR 1.25 [1.02, 1.54]), higher positive ultrasound estimated fetal weight deviation at 27 gestational weeks (% from the mean, OR 1.07 [1.03, 1.12]) and preeclampsia (OR 7.04 [2.34, 21.19]). Two-thirds of preterm deliveries were indicated and one-third were spontaneous. Several contributing factors to indicated preterm delivery were often present in each woman. The main indications were suspected fetal asphyxia (45%), hypertensive disorders (34%), fetal overgrowth (13%) and maternal indications (8%). Suspected fetal asphyxia mainly included falling insulin requirement and abnormal fetal haemodynamics.

CONCLUSIONS/INTERPRETATIONS: Presence of preeclampsia, higher positive ultrasound estimated fetal weight deviation at 27 gestational weeks and higher gestational weight gain were independent potentially modifiable risk factors for preterm delivery in this cohort of women with pre-existing diabetes. Indicated preterm delivery was common with suspected fetal asphyxia or preeclampsia as the most prevalent causes. Prospective studies evaluating whether modifying these predictors will reduce the prevalence of preterm delivery are warranted.

Udgave nummer9
Sider (fra-til)1939-1948
Antal sider10
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2021

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