Relationships between Lifestyle Factors and Premature Labor Among Pregnant Women

  • Jiratchaya Noosing Student in Master of Nursing Science Program in Midwifery, Faculty of Nursing, Burapha University.
  • Supit Siriarunrat Faculty of Nursing, Burapha University.
  • Tatirat Tachasuksri Faculty of Nursing, Burapha University.
Keywords: premature labor pain, working hours, secondhand smoke, leep quality, sleep quality, UTI prevention, longstanding


                Relief factors related to preterm labor are important in prevention of premature contraction. The purpose of this research was to examine the relationships between lifestyle factors and premature labor in pregnant women. The subjects were 160 pregnant women who were admitted to the labor rooms of tertiary hospitals in Bangkok and Chonburi province. They were equally divided into two groups. The first consisted of 80 pregnant women with premature labor pains, and the other group comprised 80 pregnant women with full term labor pain who were selected by a simple random sampling method. Data were collected by 1) demographic questionnaire, including data related to working hours/week, longstanding, and secondhand smoke 2) the Pittsburgh sleep quality index (PSQI), and 3) prevention of UTI during pregnancy questionnaire. Data were analyzed by frequency, percent, mean, standard deviation, chi-square test and point  biserial correlation coefficient statistics.

            Result show sleep quality and daytime dysfunction to be significantly related to premature labor pain at alpha level .05 (X2 =9.014, df =1, p=.001, X2 =7.241, df =1, p=.006  These findings suggest that nurses and midwives should provide nursing intervention to promote sleep quality during pregnancy for the purpose of decreasing premature labor pain.



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