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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-6

Prevalence of gestrointestinal symptoms in pregnancy


Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College Of Medical Sciences, University Of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital Maiduguri, Borno State

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B M Audu
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College Of Medical Sciences, University Of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital Maiduguri, Borno State

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


PMID: 16986280

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OBJECTIVES: This study is aimed at determining the prevalence of gastrointestinal symptoms among healthy pregnant women attending antenatal clinic at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. METHODS: Questionnaires were randomly administered to consecutive antenatal clinic attendees until the sample size was reached. RESULTS: Three hundred and seventy pregnant women were interviewed. Heart burns, easy fullness and nausea were the commonest gastrointestinal symptoms in 45%, 40.2% and 39.9% of cases respectively. Primigravidae had significantly more symptoms than multiparae. There were also significantly more gastrointestinal symptoms in the first trimester of pregnancy. CONCLUSION: Gastrointestinal symptoms are common among healthy pregnant women. And even though these represent well-known physiological changes, they must be carefully assessed to exclude any pathological disorder that may require intervention.


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