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4 Your Health: in-vitro may lead to preemies; chronic conditions plague pregnant women

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An increase in chronic illness among young women is putting more mothers and babies at risk.

A new study reveals 10 percent of pregnant women in 2014 had at least one chronic condition like asthma, diabetes, or substance addiction issues. That's an increase of nearly 40 percent from 2006. The largest spikes were among women from rural and low income areas.

Experts involved in the study, said these pre-existing conditions increase the risk of maternal death, pre-term delivery, and stillbirth. 

IVF may lead to early delivery

In-vitro fertilization may increase the risk of pre-term birth.

Data from over 60,000 patients shows women who underwent IVF were 80 percent more likely to deliver early than those who conceived naturally. Researchers said the development of the placenta may differ in IVF pregnancies and recommend cervical screenings for high risk women.

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