Maternal and Child Health Journal

, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp 670–676 | Cite as

Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy and Risk of Placental Abruption and Placenta Previa

  • Muktar H. Aliyu
  • O’Neil Lynch
  • Philip N. Nana
  • Amina P. Alio
  • Roneé E. Wilson
  • Phillip J. Marty
  • Roger Zoorob
  • Hamisu M. Salihu


The purpose of this study was to examine the association between prenatal alcohol consumption and the occurrence of placental abruption and placenta previa in a population-based sample. We used linked birth data files to conduct a retrospective cohort study of singleton deliveries in the state of Missouri during the period 1989 through 2005 (n = 1,221,310). The main outcomes of interest were placenta previa, placental abruption and a composite outcome defined as the occurrence of either or both lesions. Multivariate logistic regression was used to generate adjusted odd ratios, with non-drinking mothers as the referent category. Women who consumed alcohol during pregnancy had a 33% greater likelihood for placental abruption during pregnancy (adjusted odds ratio (OR), 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.33 [1.16–1.54]). No association was observed between prenatal alcohol use and the risk of placenta previa. Alcohol consumption in pregnancy was positively related to the occurrence of either or both placental conditions (adjusted OR [95% CI] = 1.29 [1.14–1.45]). Mothers who consumed alcohol during pregnancy were at elevated risk of experiencing placental abruption, but not placenta previa. Our findings underscore the need for screening and behavioral counseling interventions to combat alcohol use by pregnant women and women of childbearing age.


Alcohol Placenta previa Placental abruption Population-based study 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muktar H. Aliyu
    • 1
  • O’Neil Lynch
    • 2
  • Philip N. Nana
    • 3
  • Amina P. Alio
    • 4
  • Roneé E. Wilson
    • 5
  • Phillip J. Marty
    • 6
  • Roger Zoorob
    • 7
  • Hamisu M. Salihu
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Preventive MedicineInstitute for Global Health, Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsMinnesota State University MoorheadMoorheadUSA
  3. 3.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of Yaounde 1YaoundeCameroon
  4. 4.Department of Family and Community Health, Center for Research and Evaluation, Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center, For Healthy Mothers and BabiesUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  5. 5.Department of Epidemiology and BiostatisticsUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  6. 6.The Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and BabiesUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  7. 7.Southeast Fetal Alcohol Research and Training CenterMeharry Medical CollegeNashvilleUSA

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