MATERNAL OUTCOME OF PREGNANCIES IN WOMEN AT THE EXTREMES OF MATERNAL AGE
Dr. Surayya Tahseen*, Dr. Syeda Maliha Fathima, Dr. Sowmya Sri K., Dr. Nabeeha Mujtaba Ali and
Dr. Fatima Tahniyath
Journal Title:European Journal of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Background: Extremes of maternal age adversely affect pregnancy outcomes.Teenage pregnancy is regarded as aserious public health problem and often occurs in the context of poor social support and maternal well-being.Teenage pregnancy is known to be associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm births, low birth weight deliveries and increased risk of caesarean delivery. Methods: A hospital based prospective study carried out in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from October 2013 to September 2015 at Owaisi hospital and research centre and Princess Esra Hospital, a tertiary care centre, Deccan College of medical sciences,Hyderabad. Results: Among 8640 antenatal patients who delivered during the 24 months period i.e October 2013 to September 2015 at the hospital out of these 241(2.8%) were teenage primigravida aged 15 to 19 yrs. Conclusions: In India, 10.3% of the female population belongs to the age group of l5-19 years.In 1997, the age specific fertility rate was found to be 52.5 live births per 1000 rural women aged between 15-19 years. Over the years, there has not been much improvement in the country’s scenario as reported by the National Family Health Surveys.