Table 1

Characteristics of studies reporting the outcomes of pregnancy in sub-Saharan African women with SLE during 2000–2019

StudyStudy designCountrySettingLocalityPeriod of recruitmentDuration of follow-upNumber of participants/number of pregnanciesBlack ethnicity (% of pregnancies)Mean age at diagnosis of SLE, yearsDuration of SLE (mean), yearsNumber of planned pregnanciesMean age at conception (range), yearsNumber of fetus(es) per pregnancyDelivery by caesarean section (% of pregnancies)Mean gestational age at deliveryMean birth weight (kg)
Whitelaw
et al20
RetrospectiveSouth AfricaHospital basedUrban1992–2002Through delivery31/47NR24.53.8NR28.3
(17–43)
1NR36.42.46
Mbuli
et al21
RetrospectiveSouth AfricaHospital basedUrban2003–2013From presentation with pregnancy through discharge post-delivery49/6119.723.3NRNR27.2
(NR)
127.928.92.24
Dey
et al22
RetrospectiveGhanaHospital basedUrban2013–2014Through delivery6/7100NRNRNR30.1
(27–32)
157.1NRNR
Iba Ba
et al23
Retrospective and prospectiveGabonHospital basedUrban2008–2018Through delivery16/2210025.441639.9
(20–43)
1 for 21 pregnancies and 2 for one pregnancy27.337.22.75
  • NR, not reported.