Complications and Management of Elderly Primigravida Pregnancy

Elderly Primigravida Pregnancy: Symptoms, Complications, Management

Elderly Primigravida Pregnancy Meaning:

Women having their first pregnancy at or above the age of 30 years (According to FIGO- 35 years) are called elderly primigravida pregnancy.

Elderly primigravida pregnancy
Fig: Elderly primigravida pregnancy

Management of Elderly Primigravida Pregnancy:

A. During pregnancy or antenatal period:

1. Frequent antenatal visits throughout the pregnancy is mandatory.

2. Early diagnosis and treatment of anaemia, PET, malpresentation.

3. Early detection of abnormalities and pre-decision about route of delivery.

4. Nursing assessment:

  • Physical status,
  • The women’s understanding of pregnancy,
  • Family support,
  • Knowledge of infant care,
  • Women husband attitudes toward the pregnancy.

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B. During labour:

1. The patient should be delivered in hospital in case of both normal vaginal delivery and caesarian section.

2. If fails to start spontaneous labour-induction of labour.

3. If premature labour: Rest and sedation

4. If membrane ruptured-foot end raised and antibiotic prophylactically.

5. Delivery must be in well-equipped hospital:

  • If any complication e.g Toxaemia, malpresentation, Eclampsia-C/S.
  • If no complication.
  • If cervix is not dialated or fetal/maternal distress.

C. During puerperium:

  • As usual and breast feeding.

D. Method of delivery:

  • Normal vaginal delivery is encouraged if there is no contraindication for both mother and fetus.
  • Caesarian section is an alternative to vaginal delivery.
  • Any other complications should be viewed with concern.

Complications of Elderly Primigravida Pregnancy:

Complications of Mother:

During pregnancy:

  • Abortion,
  • Abruptio placenta,
  • Pre-eclapmpsia,
  • Uterine fibroid,
  • Tendency of post maturity,
  • Medical conditions related to advancing age like – hypertension, DM.
  • Intra-uterine growth retardation.

During Labour:

  • Premature labour,
  • Prolonged labour due to uterine inertia,
  • Impaired joint mobility,
  • Inelasticity of soft tissues of the birth canal,
  • Maternal and fetal distress,
  • Increase chance of operative intervention,
  • Retained placenta.

During Puerperium:

  • Increased morbidity due to operative interference.
  • Failing lactation.

Fetal complications:

  • Preterm birth and prematurity,
  • Intrauterine growth retardation,
  • Fetal congenital malformation.

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