The morbidity outcomes of teenage pregnancy at rural Netrakona in Bangladesh

  • Md. Abu Sayem Divisional TB Expert –Khulna Division, National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP), DGHS
  • Md. Nurul Matin Professor, Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh
  • Md. Shafiqul Islam Project Manger, DASCOH Foundation, Rajshahi, Bangladesh
  • 4. Md. Shahajahan Matubbar Program Associate, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Md. Mohbub Alam Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, First Capital University of Bangladesh,


Objective: To examined the maternal and newborn morbidity outcomes of teenage pregnancy in different phases of child birth process.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among them whose current age was below 30 years and who became pregnant during 13-19 years of age. Data were collected from April 2009 to July 2009. Chi-square test was done to see the association between dependent and independent variables.

Results: Out of 132 respondents, 25.0%, 15.9% and 16.7% faced health problems during pregnancy, delivery and post-natal period respectively.  During pregnancy, convulsion (14.3%), APH (28.6%), abortion (14.3%) and high fever (14.3%) was significantly more among early age group 14-15 years whereas hypertension (4.2%) and oedema (18.8%) was more among 16-17 years and those who were between 18-19 years of age faced significantly less health problems (p<0.001). During delivery and post natal period, the early and middle age group mothers significantly faced more health problems than comparatively higher age group (18-19 years). Around 30% mothers had current health problems as the long term consequences. Among neonates, 27.3% faced health problems who borne from early aged mothers. The mean age at marriage and pregnancy was 16.3 and 17.7 years respectively and 46.2%, 16.7% and 92% received ANC, PNC and home delivery respectively. However, 93%, 4%, 1.5% and 1.5% had normal delivery, caesarian section, episiotomy and assisted vaginal delivery respectively.

Conclusion: Women in rural Bangladesh reports substantial morbidity. Improve awareness, family planning services, delayed pregnancy age, adequate ANC and PNC can significantly reduce maternal and neonatal health problems.

How to Cite
Sayem, M. A., Matin, M. N., Islam, M. S., Matubbar4. S., & Alam, M. M. (2018). The morbidity outcomes of teenage pregnancy at rural Netrakona in Bangladesh. International Journal of Perceptions in Public Health, 2(3), 165-177. Retrieved from