Very Low Birth-Weight (< 1,500 g) and Previous Induced Abortion: Victoria 1982–1972



Summary: In Victoria, previous termination of pregnancy is a risk factor for giving birth to a very low birth-weight infant (<1,500 g) — the risk of giving birth to an infant less than 1,000 g is increased more than 2.5-fold by a prior induced abortion and more than 3.5-fold by 2 or more prior abortions. However, more than 97% of women with a prior termination gave birth to infants weighing more than 1,500 g. Subsequent very preterm delivery appears to be a real but rare complication of induced abortion, responsible for about 9% of very low birthweight infants in 1982–1983.