Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes and Gestational Diabetes: A Case Control Study in Eastern Ethiopia.

Elias Bekele Wakwoya


Background - A pregnant woman with diabetes and her unborn child are at increased risk of pregnancy complications and adverse neonatal outcomes. The aim of this study was to assess the association of gestational diabetes mellitus and adverse birth outcomes among women who gave birth in Eastern Ethiopia.

Methods – Unmatched case control study design was conducted in Hiwot Fana Specialized University Hospital and Dilchora Hospital from December 2015 to April 2017. This study involved a total of 1,834 mothers and their babies. Adverse birth outcomes were observed and registered after delivery. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was employed to identify predictors of adverse birth outcome. P value less than 0.05 was considered to decide statistical significance.

Results: In binary logistic regression analysis macrosomia and still were found to have an association with gestational diabetes, COR=11[95% CI = 5.7-21.2] and COR= 2.9[95% CI = 1.02-8.5] respectively. Macrosomia was independently associated with GDM and babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes.  Babies born from mothers with gestational diabetes were 8.5 times more likely to have macrosomia than babies born to non-diabetic mothers, AOR = 8.5 [95% CI = 5.7-21.4].

Conclusion: This study revealed that only macrosomia was strongly associated with gestational diabetes and this finding is coherent with studies done at different parts of the world. Routine screening service for pregnant women who are at risk of developing gestational diabetes must exist at all health facilities in Ethiopia.


Gestational diabetes, adverse birth outcome, macrosomia

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