The teenage pregnancy is still preferred in
different part of the world against the advice of the medical practitioners.
This study aimed to describe the obstetric and perinatal outcomes of the
teenage mothers and to compare these with outcomes of the adult mothers. For this purpose, 762 teenage and
756 adult mothers were followed in the eastern region of Sri Lanka for 21
months. This study found that the premature birth was the only negative
perinatal outcome directly related to teenage mothers. All other negative
pregnancy outcomes associated with teenage pregnancy were caused by the factors
which are prevailing in higher percentages among teenagers such as low BMI and
less number of parity. No differences in occurrence of small to date (IUGR),
perinatal complications and lower segment caesarean section (LSCS) were
observed between teenage and adult mothers. Finally, this study concludes the
teenage pregnancy can be accepted for the mothers with higher BMI if the risk
for premature birth is controlled.
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