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Table 4 Women with specific chronic diseases with regular prescription medications initiated before pregnancy in relation to the gestational age at delivery

From: Kuopio birth cohort – design of a Finnish joint research effort for identification of environmental and lifestyle risk factors for the wellbeing of the mother and the newborn child

  Total
n = 1156
Preterm birth
< 37 GWS
n = 71 (6.1)
Term birth
37–40 GWS
n = 849 (73.4)
Late-term birth
≥41 GWS
n = 236 (20.4)
No regular medication 928 (80) 52 (6) 683 (74) 193 (21)
Thyroid diseases 96 (8) 7 (7) 71 (74) 18 (19)
Asthma 60 (5) 6 (10) 43 (72) 11 (18)
Mental health conditions 45 (4) 4 (9) 32 (71) 9 (20)
Neurological diseases 7 (0.6) 1 (14) 2 (29) 4 (58)
Diabetes 10 (0.9) 3 (30) 7 (70) 0
Inflammatory bowel diseases 13 (1) 0 10 (77) 3 (23)
Hypertension 13 (1) 5 (39) 8 (62) 0
  1. Values are n (%) of all parturients. Gestational weeks (GWS)