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Br J Psychiatry. 1999 Sep;175:239-45.

Preterm birth and intra-uterine growth retardation among children of women with schizophrenia.

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Department of Psychiatric Demography, Psychiatric Hospital, Aarhus, Risskov, Denmark.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There is conflicting evidence about the frequency of adverse pregnancy outcomes among women with schizophrenia.

AIMS:

To investigate the risk of preterm birth, low birth weight and intra-uterine growth retardation among women with schizophrenia.

METHOD:

A total of 2212 births to 1537 women with schizophrenia in Denmark were compared with a random sample of all deliveries in Denmark in 1973-1993 (122,931 births to 72,742 women).

RESULTS:

The children of women with schizophrenia were at increased risk of preterm delivery (relative risk = 1.46, 95% CI = 1.19-1.79), low birth weight (relative risk = 1.57, 95% CI = 1.36-1.82) and small for gestational age (relative risk = 1.34, 95% CI = 1.17-1.53).

CONCLUSIONS:

Women with schizophrenia are at increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcome. This may be associated with an increased mortality and general morbidity and risk of schizophrenia in their children.

PMID:
10645325
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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