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The stability of pregnancy intentions and pregnancy-related maternal behaviors.
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PMID:  11097504     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: Our objectives were to characterize the stability of pregnancy intention and to examine whether stability is associated with the timing of prenatal care initiation, smoking during pregnancy, and breastfeeding. METHODS: We use a sample of women from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) for whom information on pregnancy intention was collected both during pregnancy and after delivery. In bivariate analyses we compare outcomes and characteristics of women whose pregnancy intention changed between the prenatal and postpartum periods. With multivariate methods, we analyze the correlates of switching pregnancy intention as well as the association between switching and maternal behaviors. RESULTS: Women whose pregnancy intention changes between the two assessments are similar in marital status and socioeconomic background to those who report both during pregnancy and after delivery that the pregnancy is unintended. Disagreement during pregnancy between the parents' pregnancy intentions is the most important predictor of instability in the mother's pregnancy intention. Effects of unintended pregnancy on the timing of initiation of prenatal care, smoking during pregnancy, and breastfeeding based on reports after delivery are smaller than those based on reports during pregnancy, although differences are not statistically significant. Adverse effects of unintended pregnancy are greater when pregnancies reported by the mother to be unintended at either assessment are combined into a single category for unintended pregnancy. CONCLUSION: Unstable pregnancy intention may be a marker for adverse maternal behaviors related to infant health.
T Joyce; R Kaestner; S Korenman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Maternal and child health journal     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1092-7875     ISO Abbreviation:  Matern Child Health J     Publication Date:  2000 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-02-15     Completed Date:  2001-02-15     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9715672     Medline TA:  Matern Child Health J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  171-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Economics and Finance, Baruch College, City University of New York, New York 10010, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Order
Breast Feeding*
Data Collection
Ethnic Groups
Infant, Newborn
Longitudinal Studies
Marital Status
Maternal Behavior*
Multivariate Analysis
Pregnancy* / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Pregnancy, Unwanted
Prenatal Care*
Sampling Studies
Grant Support

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