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:: Volume 14, Issue 1 (3-2012) ::
J Gorgan Univ Med Sci 2012, 14(1): 113-120 Back to browse issues page
Comparing the health status of women with wanted and unwanted pregnancy
Simbar M (MD) * 1, Khajehpoor M (MSc)2 , Jannesari Sh (MSc)3 , Alavi Majd H (PhD)4
1- Associate Professor, Department of Reproductive Health, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , msimbar@yahoo.com
2- Academic Instructor, Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
3- Academic Instructor, Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4- Associate Professor, Department Biostatistics, Faculty of Paramedical, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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Background and Objective: Unwanted pregnancy can have negative impacts on maternal health. The aim of this study was to compare the health status of women with wanted and unwanted pregnancies in Kerman, Iran.

Materials and Methods: This case – control was performed on women with wanted (100 cases) and unwanted pregnancies (100 cases) whom refered to health centers in Kerman, Iran during 2010. The tool for data collection included a demographic questionnaire, short form 36 health survey (SF36) and a researcher-made pregnancy’s  physical health. Validity and reliability of the questionnaires were assessed initially prior to study procedure. Data was analyzed by using SPSS-16, Chi-Square, T Student and Mann-Whitney tests.

Results: Women with unwanted pregnancies had lower scores for physical and mental health, vaccination and supplement consumption, prenatal care and personal health than women with wanted pregnancies (P<0.05). Women with unwanted pregnancies had more complications and high risk behavior compared to unwanted pregnancies (P<0.05).

Conclusion: This study indicated that unwanted pregnancies are accompanied with physical and mental health. Thus, special counseling and extra care measures is recommended during unwanted pregnancies. Pregnancy

Keywords: Health, Unwanted Pregnancy, Prenatal care, Mental Health, Physical health
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Simbar M (MD), Khajehpoor M (MSc), Jannesari Sh (MSc), Alavi Majd H (PhD). Comparing the health status of women with wanted and unwanted pregnancy. J Gorgan Univ Med Sci 2012; 14 (1) :113-120
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