Differences in preconceptional and prenatal behaviors in women with intended and unintended pregnancies

Wendy L Hellerstedt, Phyllis L. Pirie, Harry A Lando, Susan J. Curry, Colleen M. McBride, Louis C. Grothaus, Jennifer Clark Nelson

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Abstract

Objectives. This study examined whether pregnancy intention was associated with cigarette smoking, alcohol drinking, use of vitamins, and consumption of caffeinated drinks prior to pregnancy and in early pregnancy. Methods. Data from a telephone survey of 7174 pregnant women were analyzed. Results. In comparison with women whose pregnancies were intended, women with unintended pregnancies were more likely to report cigarette smoking and less likely to report daily vitamin use. Women with unintended pregnancies were also less likely to decrease consumption of caffeinated beverages or increase daily vitamin use. Conclusions. Pregnancy intention was associated with health behaviors, prior to pregnancy and in early pregnancy, that may influence pregnancy course and birth outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-666
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume88
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1998

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    Hellerstedt, W. L., Pirie, P. L., Lando, H. A., Curry, S. J., McBride, C. M., Grothaus, L. C., & Nelson, J. C. (1998). Differences in preconceptional and prenatal behaviors in women with intended and unintended pregnancies. American journal of public health, 88(4), 663-666. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.88.4.663