oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Uncertain gestation and pregnancy outcome

Volume 35, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The outcome of pregnancy in 214 women with uncertain or unknown gestation was compared with that of 786 women who knew their dates. Adverse pregnancy outcome such as Caesarian Section, forceps delivery, vacuum extraction, stillbirth and neonatal mortality rates were significantly higher in the groups with uncertain or unknown gestation (P<0.005). A number of factors such as education of husband or wife, gestation at booking, material age, and area of upbringing were found to have a significant influence (P <0.05) on the ability of a woman to remember her last menstrual period. Ultrasound scanning was not used to check the expected date of delivery.

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