Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes and Postpartum Care as a Pathway to Future Health

Valene Garr Barry, Traci N. Johnson, Cynthia Herrick, Kathryn Lindley, Ebony B. Carter

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Adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs) collectively represent the leading causes of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Beyond the potentially devastating impact of APOs during pregnancy and the puerperium, women diagnosed with APOs have a 2-fold to 4-fold increased risk of future cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, APOs occur at an opportune time, in early-adulthood to mid-adulthood, when primary and secondary prevention strategies can alter the disease trajectory and improve long-term health outcomes. This chapter takes a life-course approach to (1) the epidemiology of APOs, (2) evidence-based strategies for clinicians to manage APOs, and (3) future directions for APO research and clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)632-647
Number of pages16
JournalClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022


  • adverse pregnancy outcomes
  • disease risk
  • evidence-based strategies
  • future cardiovascular disease
  • life-course approach
  • maternal health


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