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Anthropometric profile and perinatal outcome of babies born to young women (< 18 years).

Authors
  • Malviya, M K
  • Bhardwaj, V K
  • Chansoria, M
  • Khare, S
Type
Published Article
Journal
Indian pediatrics
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2003
Volume
40
Issue
10
Pages
971–976
Identifiers
PMID: 14581736
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study was conducted to ascertain the sociodemographic profile, maternal characteristics, neonatal anthropometry and perinatal outcome in adolescent pregnancy (18 years or less). 128 consecutive primiparous women more than 18 years of age served as the control group. There were 4556 deliveries during the study period. Young adolescents accounted for 1.25% of total pregnancies. The proportion of shorter (<145 cm), lighter (<45 Kg), and anemic (Hb. <9 g/dL) women was significantly higher in the study group. Incidence of premature delivery in the young adolescents was significantly higher. Mean birth weight, length, head circumference and chest circumference of full-term babies of adolescent mothers were significantly lower.

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