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Effect of Maternal Age on the Course and Outcome of

Author: Enas Talib Abdul -Karim
Journal: Iraqi Academic Scientific Journal المجلة العراقية للاختصاصات الطبية ISSN: 16088360 Year: 2012 Volume: 11 Issue: 1 Pages: 19-25
Publisher: The Iraqi Borad for Medical Specialization المجلس العراقي للاختصاصات الطبية

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ABSTRACT:BACKGROUND:Delayed childbirth has become a common phenomenon in the developed world as a result of social,educational, and economic factors .OBJECTIVE:To demonstrate the effect of age on the pregnancy course and outcome among young and oldmothers.Subjects &methods:A cross sectional study was conducted at Al-Kadhimia Teaching Hospital. Data was collected by atrained medical students during the period from first of February to April 2010 .Total of 230women were included in the study using a convenient random sample technique, the sample wasdivided into two groups,128 women < 30 years old (group A) and 102 women ≥ 35 years old(group B), and were taken from obstetric department in Al-kadhimiya teaching hospital .Information were directly obtained from the mother herself and filled in a well designedquestionnaire form.RESULTS:The results showed that there was no significant difference between the two groups regarding somesociodemographic characteristics like address, education, occupation, antenatal care. There was asignificant increase in the presence of medical &obstetric complication, parity, history of abortionand No of abortion in the older age group mothers. As to the outcome of pregnancy, twin deliveryand low birth weight babies were significantly higher in older age group mothers. Interestingly,there was no significant difference regarding presence of congenital anomalies in babies of mothersin both groups.CONCLUSION:Mothers ≥35 years old showed higher rate of obstetric complication than young age group ofmothers, while congenital anomalies were higher but not significant among young age group ofmothers (≤30 years old).

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