Table 5

Maternal health problems after 10 days and within 3 months of the birth
After 10 days & within 3 months Pre intervention N = 616 Post intervention N = 575 (95% CI) † pvalue (adjusted)
Fever/high temperature 92 (14.9%) 77 (13.4%) 0.850 (0.582, 1.239) NS
Excessive vaginal bleeding 54 (8.8%) 44 (7.7%) 0.823 (0.503, 1.347) NS
Offensive vaginal loss 16 (2.6%) 25 (4.3%) 1.301 (0.626, 2.703) NS
Severe or persistent headache 29 (4.7%) 46 (8.0%) 1.940 (1.109, 3.392) 0.020
Perineal pain 101 (16.4%) 72 (12.5%) 0.938 (0.623, 1.413) NS
Haemorrhoids 164 (26.6%) 152 (26.4%) 1.024 (0.763, 1.374) NS
Constipation 163 (26.5%) 127 (22.1%) 0.732 (0.535, 1.002) 0.052
Difficulty passing urine 10 (2.6%) 9 (1.6%) 0.781 (0.306, 1.997) NS
Caesarean wound problems 61 (9.9%) 56 (9.7%) 0.679 (0.417, 1.107) NS
Backache 176 (28.6%) 170 (29.6%) 1.010 (0.756, 1.350) NS
Mastitis 77 (12.5%) 62 (10.8%) 0.706 (0.467, 1.068) NS
EPDS mean score 6.77 (SD 4.53) 6.74 (SD 4.80) −0.152 (−0.770, 0.466)ǂ NS
EPDS score ≥ 13 69 (11.3%) 68 (12.8%) 1.291 (0.850, 1.962) NS

† odds ratio unless otherwise stated ǂmean difference.

Bick et al.

Bick et al. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:41   doi:10.1186/1471-2393-12-41

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