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Women having their first pregnancy at or above the age of 30 years are called elderly primigravida.
A grand multipara relates to a pregnant women who has got previous four or more viable births.
Adolescent pregnancy in girls age in or younger. The scope of adolescent pregnancy is enormous, the mean age of
menarche is around 12 years. Forty two percent of girls and 64% of boys are sexually active by age 18 (Annamma
Adolescent pregnancy and babies born to adolescent have dropped since reaching in all time high in 1990. There is
mostly due to the increase use of condoms.
 Younger age
 Poor school performance
 Economic disadvantages
 Single or teen parents
Possible Complications
 Adolescent pregnancy is associated with higher rates of illness with higher rates illness and death for both the
mother and infant.
 Death from violence is the second leading cause of death during pregnancy for teens, and its higher in teens
than in any other group.
 Pregnant teens are at much higher risk of having serious complications such as
o Placenta previa
o Pregnancy induced hypertension
o Premature delivery
o Significant anemia
o Toxemia
 Infants born to teens are 2-6 times more likely to have low birth weight babies.
 Pre maturity and intra-uterine growth retardation.
 All options made available to the pregnant teen should be considered carefully including abortions, adoption
and raising the child with community or family support.
 Discussion with the teen may require several visits with a health care provides to explain all options in a non-
judge mental manner and involve the parents as the father of the baby as appropriate.
 Early and adequate prenatal care, throughout a programme the specialties in teenage pregnancies ensures a
health is baby.
 Adequate nutrition can be encouraged through education and community resources.
 Appropriate exercise and adequate sleep should also be emphasized.
 Contraception information and services are important after delivery to prevent teens from becoming pregnant
 There are many different kinds of teen pregnancy prevention programmes.
 Abstinence education programmes encourages young people to wait to have sex until marriage or until they are
mature enough to handle sexual activity.
 Knowledge based programmes focus on teaching kinds about their bodies it also provides detailed information
about birth control and how to prevent sexually transmitted infections.
 Peer counseling programmes, typically involve older teens, who encourage other kids to resist peer and social
pressures to have sex.


Women having their first pregnancy at or about the age of 30 years are called elderly primigravidae.
Two groups are there;
 One with high fecundity: A women married late but conceives soon after.
 One with low fecundity: Women married early but conceives long after marriage.
There is increased incidence of
Abruption placental because of pre-eclampsia and folic acid deficiency.
Uterine firbroid
Tendency of post maturity
Intra uterine growth restriction
During Labour
There is increased incidence of
Preterm labour
Prolonged labour due to
o Uterine inertia caused by anxiety or malposition.
o Impaired joint mobility
o Inelasticity of the soft tissues of the birth canal
Maternal and fetal distress appears early.
Increased caesarean delivery
Fetal Risks
Preterm birth and prematurity either introgenic or spontaneous
Fetal congenital malformations
The maternal morbidity is high
The perinatal mortality is increased due to prematurity, increased congenital malformation and operative
Pre-conceptional counseling should be done.
They require metaulous antenatal supervision
The following principles should be followed;
Results of induction is unsatisfactory and such as caesarean section is a preferred alternative.
Prenatal diagnosis and sonography are done to excluded fetal genetic anomaly.
Addition of another complication should be viewed with concern.
A grand multipara relates to a pregnant mother who has got previous mother who has got previous four or more
viable births.
The incidence has been gradually declining over the couple of decades due to acceptance about one-tenth of the
hospital populations and accounts for 1/3 of the maternal death in the developing countries.
 Pregnancy
 Abortion
Inherent obstetric hazards like;
o Malpresentation
o Multiple pregnancy
o Placenta praevia
Medical disorders such as anaemia hypertension, haemorrhoids and varicose veins etc.
Cord prolapse
Cephalopelvic disorders
Obstructed labour
Rupture uterus
Post partum haemorrhage
Operative interference because of complications
Increased morbidity due to intranatal hazards
Sub involution
Failing lactation
The cases are considered as ‘high risk’ as such they require adequate antenatal care and should have a mandatory
hospital delivery. During, the following guidelines are prescribed.
Pelvic assessment should be done as a routine.
Presentations and positions are to be checked
Undue delay in progress should be viewed with concern.
To remain vigilant against PPH.


There are many different kinds of teen pregnancy, pregnancy prevention programme.

Abstienence education programmes

Knowledge based programmes
Clinic focused programmes
Peer counselling programmes


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