Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality among women in the United States. Recent epidemiologic studies suggest that women with adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preeclampsia, are at increased risk for hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, and kidney disease later in life. To better understand how pregnancy outcomes are linked to future heart health, the nuMoM2b Heart Health Study researchers will follow the original nuMoM2b cohort during the years after pregnancy, including a clinic visit to collect research information at about 2 to 7 years postpartum for eligible women.  It is hoped that information from this follow-up study may be used to improve the health of women based on their experiences during pregnancy.

nuMoM2b participants helping to relate pregnancy experiences to future heart health

Key Study Goals

  1. Define the cardiovascular disease risk profile of women who experienced adverse pregnancy outcomes.
  2. Identify characteristics in early pregnancy that indicate increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
  3. Determine if sleep-related breathing disorders during pregnancy and postpartum are associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk.
  4. Identify factors during and after pregnancy that can be modified to improve cardiovascular health.