Lifestyle and its relation with pregnancy outcomes in pregnant women referred to Tabriz Teaching hospitals

Document Type : Original Article


1 Assistant professor, Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz university of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.

2 M.Sc. of Midwifery, Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz university of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.


Introduction: Lifestyle is as an important factor influencing on the health. Each society's health and development is based on women's health, and pregnancy and delivery have important effects on women's health and hygiene; and it is considered as an important scale of national health. Therefore, this study was performed with the aim to evaluate lifestyle and its relation with pregnancy outcomes in pregnant women referred to Tabriz Teaching hospitals.
Methods: This correlation- descriptive study was performed on 385 pregnant women referred to Alzahra and Taleghani hospitals in Tabriz in 2009. The subjects were selected by accessible method. Data collection was performed by a questionnaire consisted of 3 sections of demographic and social characteristic, lifestyle and pregnancy outcomes. Data was analyzed by SPSS software (version 11) and statistical tests of ANOVA, Pearson Correlation and T-tests. PResults:According to theresults of the study, 172 pregnant women (44.7%) had moderate lifestyle and 213 (55.3%) had good lifestyle that weak situation was observed only in dimension of exercise and in other dimensions, the good situation was observed. There was significant relation between lifestyle and newborn's weight (P=0.006). According to the result of Pearson Correlation test, there was significant relation between exercise and gestational age (r=0.1, P=0.046),and also between nutrition and newborn's weight and gestational age by turn (P=0.005, P=0.033, respectively).
Conclusion: According to the results of study based on weak situation in exercise dimension and moderate situation of lifestyle, teaching healthy lifestyle during pregnancy by health care-givers is recommended for increasing the women's health during pregnancy and improving pregnancy outcomes.


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