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J Turk Ger Gynecol Assoc. 2018 Nov 15;19(4):182-186. doi: 10.4274/jtgga.2018.0057. Epub 2018 Sep 27.

The relationship between maternal age, body mass index, and the rate of preterm birth

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1
Department of Obstetrics, Charité University School of Medicine, Berlin, Germany
2
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, USA
3
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University of Freiburg School of Medicine, Freiburg, Germany
4
Center of Medicine and Society, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
5
Department of Obstetrics, Agaplesion Diakonieklinikum Rotenburg, Rotenburg, Germany
6
University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany
7
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University Hospitals Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany
8
University of Freiburg School of Medicine, Freiburg, Germany

Abstract

Objective:

The aim of the present study was to assess the influence of maternal age and maternal body mass index of early pregnancy on the risk of preterm delivery.

Material and Methods:

The study included 2.1 million liveborn single newborns with documented data at perinatal surveys. Statistical analyses were performed using the SPSS statistics program.

Results:

The risk of preterm births increased in obese women and in women with advanced age.

Conclusion:

Strategies should be developed to reduce preconceptional body mass index, and guidelines are required to help advise women who postponed childbearing.

KEYWORDS:

Maternal age; body mass index; obesity; premature birth; Germany

PMID:
30257817
DOI:
10.4274/jtgga.2018.0057
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