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Effects of unplanned pregnancy on maternal health in Turkey.
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PMID:  19773101     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: to investigate the effects of unplanned pregnancy on maternal health in Turkey.
DESIGN: a case-control study.
SETTING: a government hospital in Aydın, Turkey.
PARTICIPANTS: 314 women in the early postpartum period, selected with a non-probability method.
FINDINGS: significantly more women with unplanned pregnancy had physical problems (76.4% vs. 63.7%; p<0.01) and lower haemoglobin levels (11.26±1.27g/dl vs. 11.62±1.27g/dl; p<0.01) compared with women with planned pregnancy. Also, significantly more women with unplanned pregnancy had lower scores for adaptive behaviour in pregnancy (14.78±3.08 vs. 19.19±3.11; p<0.001), felt negative feelings during labour (mean scores on Labour Agentry Scale: 81.03±19.07 vs. 98.64±16.94; p<0.001), felt more severe pain during labour (mean rank: 173.21 vs. 141.79, p<0.001), and were at high risk of depression in the early postpartum period (mean scores on Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale: 14.86±6.08 vs. 7.28±4.85; p<0.001) compared with women with planned pregnancy.
KEY CONCLUSIONS: unplanned pregnancy has a negative impact on the development of positive behaviour concerning self-care, physical well-being, labour experience, pain in labour and psychological status in the early postpartum period.
IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: midwives and nurses should identify women with unplanned pregnancy at an early stage, and try to decrease the negative effects of unplanned pregnancy on maternal health and to improve prenatal, perinatal and postnatal care.
Zekiye Karaçam; Keziban Onel; Emine Gerçek
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-09-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Midwifery     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1532-3099     ISO Abbreviation:  Midwifery     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510930     Medline TA:  Midwifery     Country:  Scotland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  288-93     Citation Subset:  N    
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Copyright © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Adnan Menderes University, Aydın School of Health, 09100 Aydın, Turkey.
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