ASSOCIATION OF MATERNAL CHARACTERISTICS WITH COMPLICATIONS OF PREGNANCY: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY AMONG MIDDLE SOCIO-ECONOMIC PREGNANT WOMEN
Background:Maternal mortality is related to the complications of pregnancy arising during pregnancy and their occurrence may be associated with maternal characteristics.Objective: To determine the association of maternal characteristics with complications of pregnancy among middle socioeconomic women. Methods: The enrolled subjects were divided into two groups as complicated and uncomplicated group based on the occurrence of complications in current pregnancy and their sociodemographic details along with present and past medical and medication history was collected. Results: The mean age of the study subjects was 25.33±4.22years. Maternal characteristics such as age, parity, Body mass index (BMI), maternal education and employment status did not have a statistically significant association with the complications of pregnancy at p<0.05. However, the first antenatal visit at the gestational age < 8weeks had a statistically significant association with the complications of pregnancy at p=0.02.Conclusion: Early initiation of antenatal care along with adequate antenatal visits may reduce the risk of complications of pregnancy.
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