[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To assess whether bacterial vaginosis or chlamydial infection before 10 weeks' gestation is associated with miscarriage before 16 weeks.
Prospective cohort study.
32 general practices and five family planning clinics in south London.
1216 pregnant women, mean age 31, presenting before 10 weeks' gestation.
Prevalence of miscarriage before 16 weeks' gestation.
121 of 1214 women (10.0%, 95% confidence interval 8.3% to 11.7%) miscarried before 16 weeks. 174 of 1201 women (14.5%, 12.5% to 16.5%) had bacterial vaginosis. Compared with women who were negative for bacterial vaginosis those who were positive had a relative risk of miscarriage before 16 weeks' gestation of 1.2 (0.7 to 1.9). Bacterial vaginosis was, however, associated with miscarriage in the second trimester at 13-15 weeks (3.5, 1.2 to 10.3). Only 29 women (2.4%, 1.5% to 3.3%) had chlamydial infection, of whom one miscarried (0.32, 0.04 to 2.30).
Bacterial vaginosis is not strongly predictive of early miscarriage but may be a predictor after 13 weeks' gestation. The prevalence of Chlamydia was too low to assess the risk, but it is unlikely to be a major risk factor in pregnant women.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To determine risk factors for miscarriage.
A case control study was carried out at the gynaecological wards and antenatal clinics of the De Soysa Maternity Hospital in Sri Lanka. A case was defined as that of mothers with a confirmed diagnosis of partial or full expulsion of the fetus during the first 28 weeks of gestation. Controls comprised ante-natal clinic attendees whose period of gestation was <28 weeks and carrying a viable fetus. Two hundred and thirty cases and 504 controls were selected. A pre-tested interviewer-administered questionnaire and modified life events inventory were used to gather data. Multivariate logistic regression was applied separately for first and second trimester miscarriages and the results were expressed as odds ratios (OR) and as 95% confidence intervals (95% CI).
Sleeping < or =8 h/day (OR:3.80, 95% CI:1.01-14.3) was found to be a risk factor for first trimester miscarriage controlling for the effect of period of gestation. Sleeping < or =8 h/day (OR:2.04, 95% CI:1.24-3.37), standing < or =3 h/day (OR:1.83, 95% CI:1.08-3.10), exposure to cooking smoke (OR:3.83, 95% CI:1.50-9.90) and physical trauma during the pregnancy (OR:43.2, 95% CI:4.55-411.4) were found to be risk factors for second trimester miscarriage controlling for the effect of period of gestation.
Sleep deprivation, a sedentary lifestyle, exposure to cooking smoke and physical trauma during pregnancy were risk factors for miscarriage. Most of the risk factors are therefore modifiable.
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 08/2010; 50(4):352-7. · 1.30 Impact Factor
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