The association between prenatal maternal objective stress, perceived stress, preterm birth and low birthweight Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • AbstractObjective: To evaluate the association between prenatal maternal stress, preterm birth (PTB) and low birthweight (LBW).Methods: Forty-seven women exposed to life-threatening rocket attacks during pregnancy were compared to 78 unexposed women. Women were interviewed within 9 months of delivery regarding socio-demographic background, smoking and perceived level of stress prenatally. Clinical data was obtained from hospital records and information regarding rocket attacks was obtained from official local authorities.Results: Women exposed to rocket attacks during the second trimester of pregnancy were more likely to deliver LBW infants than were unexposed women (14.9% versus 3.3%, p = 0.03). No association was found between stress exposure and PTB. A multivariate logistic regression revealed that every 100 alarm increment increased the risk of LBW by 1.97 (adj.OR = 1.97, 95%CI 1.05–3.7). Perceived stress was not associated with LBW.Conclusions: Exposure to rocket attacks during the second trimester o...

publication date

  • January 1, 2013