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July 1990

Pregnancy During Pediatric ResidencyAttitudes and Complications

Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(7):767-769. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150310035021

• Questionnaires were mailed to 116 female physicians who completed their pediatric training within the last 5 years. The questionnaire contained items focusing on (1) maternal complications, (2) health of the infant, and (3) attitudes toward the pregnancy experience. Thirty-five (38%) of the 93 respondents were pregnant during their residency. Seventeen complications occurred in 14 (36%) of the 39 pregnancies. Of the 17 complications, 6 (35%) were serious enough to require hospitalization. Complications resulted in time lost from work in 40% (15/39) of the pregnancies. When asked to describe the experience of being pregnant during residency, only 24% felt that it was "pleasant," while 52% said the experience was "tolerable" and 24% found it "miserable"! Thirty-seven percent (13/35) stated that they would not get pregnant during residency if they had it to do over again.

(AJDC. 1990;144:767-769)