Unintended pregnancy in unmarried women in Indonesia

Imam Rahmadi, Dwiana Ocviyanti

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Abstract

Pregnancy among unmarried women is far more likely to be unintended and have negative effects. Women who carry unintended pregnancies are more likely to experience pregnancy-related problems, delayed antenatal care, adverse birth outcomes, such as preterm birth and low birth weight, and adverse socioeconomic consequences, such as psychosocial stress and poor mental health. A 30-year-old woman presented at Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital with premature rupture of amniotic membranes at 39 weeks of gestation. She had undergone a caesarian section. Both this pregnancy and her previous one were unintended, and she was unmarried during both. She had not received ANC at any public or private health services. The patient was a freelance worker and resided with her first child. Compared with pregnancies in married women, those among unmarried women tend to occur at a younger age among those with a lower educational level and among those who are unemployed or living in poverty. Women who experience unwanted pregnancies are 2.1 times more likely not to make maximum use of ANC care. Additionally, they are less motivated to seek information regarding the health of their pregnancies. The importance of preventing unintended pregnancies, especially in low economic status communities, can be achieved by health promotion and government prioritization of the screening of women with unintended pregnancies and implementation of the first thousand days of life program from Indonesia Minsitry of Health. Unwanted pregnancies affect ANC behavior. The effect of unwanted pregnancy status varies according to the mother’s economic status.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationObstetric and Gynecology Case Report
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages21-27
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781536167122
ISBN (Print)9781536167115
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • Antenatal care
  • Unintended pregnancy
  • Unmarried woman

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