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22 February 2020 : Clinical Research  

Maternal Characteristics and Obstetric and Neonatal Outcomes of Singleton Pregnancies Among Adolescents

Evrim Kiray Baş1ABCDEF*, Ali Bülbül1ABE, Sinan Uslu1ABC, Vedat Baş2ABC, Gizem Kara Elitok3BDF, Umut Zubarioğlu4BCF

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.919922

Med Sci Monit 2020; 26:e919922


BACKGROUND: Adolescent pregnancy remains a global public health issue with serious implications on maternal and child health, particularly in developing countries The aim of this study was to investigate maternal characteristics and obstetric and neonatal outcomes of singleton pregnancies among adolescents.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 241 adolescent women who gave birth to singletons between January 2015 and December 2015 at our hospital were included in this descriptive cross-sectional study. Data on maternal sociodemographic and obstetric characteristics as well as neonatal outcome were recorded.

RESULTS: Primary school education (66.0%), lack of regular antenatal care (69.7%), religious (36.7%) and consanguineous (37.0) marriage, Southeastern Anatolia hometown (34.9%) and Eastern Anatolia hometown (21.2%) were noted in most of the adolescent pregnancies, while 95% were desired pregnancies within marriage. Pregnancy complications were noted in 19.5% (preeclampsia in 5.8%) and cesarean delivery was performed in 44.8% of adolescent pregnancies. Preterm delivery rate was 27.0% (20.3% were in >34 weeks). Overall, 13.3% of neonates were admitted to neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in the postpartum period (prematurity in 28.1%), while 25.3% were re-admitted to NICU admission in the post-discharge 1-month (hyperbilirubinemia in 55.7%). Adolescent pregnancies were associated considerably high rates of fetal distress at birth (28.7%), preterm delivery (26.9%), and re-admission to NICU after hospital discharge (25.3%).

CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, our findings indicate that along with considerably high rates of poor antenatal care, maternal anemia and cesarean delivery, adolescent pregnancies were also associated with high rates for fetal distress at birth, preterm delivery, and NICU re-admission within post-discharge 1-month.

Keywords: Adolescent Medicine, Pregnancy in Adolescence, Prenatal Education, Adolescent, Child, Infant, Newborn, Intensive Care Units, maternal health, Obstetrics, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Outcome, young adult

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