Pregnancy wantedness and maternal behavior during pregnancy.

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      This study tests the hypothesis that women whose pregnancies are wanted obtain earlier prenatal care and, partly as a consequence, are more likely to quit smoking during pregnancy than are women with unwanted pregnancies. Data consist of information on a representative national sample of legitimate live births taken from the 1980 National Natality Survey. Logit regression analysis confirms the existence of the hypothesized relationships, both overall and after controlling for a series of background characteristics. However, differences in smoking and prenatal care implied by the relationships with pregnancy wantedness (measured by an indicator of birth planning status) are weaker than anticipated. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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