Impact of Pregnancy among Teenagers Attending Antenatal Clinic at Srinagarind Hospital

Authors

  • Phimwimon Wiangyot Antenatal Clinic, Outpatient Nursing Department, Srinagarind Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University
  • Jamras Wongkham Obstetrics Nursind Division, Nursing Department, Srinagarind Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University
  • Jadsada Thinkhamrop Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University

Keywords:

teenage pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy, mental health, anxiety, self-care, family support

Abstract

Background and Objective: Pregnancy in teenagers not only poses negative effect on maternal and neonatal physical health but also adversely impact on mental health. This study aimed to determine the impact of pregnancy among teenagers in Northeast Thailand.

Methods: This descriptive study with prospective data collection was undertaken among pregnant women aged 11-19 years who attended Antenatal Care Department, Srinagarind Hospital between April 2018 to March 2019. Data was collected using self-report questionnaires. Participants were asked to assess their self-care during pregnancy, mental health consequences, and family support. These assessments were rated in five levels including very high, high, moderate, little, and very little.      

Results: This study recruited 63 participants with mean age of 17.7 years. Forty-two participants (66.7%) declared that the pregnancy was unplanned. Most of participants paid attention to maintain their health status. Regarding to impact on mental health, most of participants experienced anxiety and became irritable. Nevertheless, most of participants did not feel disheartened, depressed, ashamed, or had self-harm ideation. Most of participants reported receiving high to very high levels of family support.    

Conclusions: Most of pregnancy among teenagers in the present study were unplanned. Most of participants paid their attention on health status during pregnancy, experienced low-level of adverse impact on mental health, and received well supports from their families.  

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Published

2023-10-26

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Wiangyot P, Wongkham J, Thinkhamrop J. Impact of Pregnancy among Teenagers Attending Antenatal Clinic at Srinagarind Hospital. SRIMEDJ [Internet]. 2023 Oct. 26 [cited 2024 Jun. 15];38(5):480-8. Available from: https://li01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/SRIMEDJ/article/view/257957

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