Risk of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes among Women Practicing Poor Sanitation in Rural India: A Population-Based Prospective Cohort Study


Pregnancy is usually a happy time for women and their families. But, for some women, pregnancy ends unhappily. Some women lose their baby during early pregnancy (spontaneous abortion or miscarriage) or during late pregnancy (stillbirth). Others have their baby earlier than expected (preterm birth) or have a baby with low birth weight, two outcomes that adversely affect the baby’s survival and long-term health. The burden of adverse pregnancy outcomes (low birth weight, preterm birth, stillbirth, and spontaneous abortion) is substantial across the world but is particularly high in resource-limited settings. Many risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs) have been identified, including infection, diabetes, poor antenatal care, and other socio-economic factors, but a clear causal mechanism for adverse pregnancy outcomes has not been established. This population-based study conducted in rural India assesses whether poor sanitation practices were associated with increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm birth and low birth weight.

Pregnancy is usually a happy time for women and their families. But, for some women, pregnancy ends unhappily. Some women lose their baby during early pregnancy (spontaneous abortion or miscarriage) or during late pregnancy (stillbirth). Others have their baby earlier than expected (preterm birth) or have a baby with low birth weight, two outcomes that adversely affect the baby’s survival and long-term health. The burden of adverse pregnancy outcomes (low birth weight, preterm birth, stillbirth, and spontaneous abortion) is substantial across the world but is particularly high in resource-limited settings. Many risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs) have been identified, including infection, diabetes, poor antenatal care, and other socio-economic factors, but a clear causal mechanism for adverse pregnancy outcomes has not been established. This population-based study conducted in rural India assesses whether poor sanitation practices were associated with increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm birth and low birth weight.

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Authors: Bijaya K. Padhi, Kelly K. Baker, Ambarish Dutta, Oliver Cumming, Matthew C. Freeman, Radhanatha Satpathy, Bhabani S. Das, Pinaki Panigrahi Publication Date: 7 July 2015 Publisher: PLOS Medicine No. of Pages: 18

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