Author(s): Afifi M
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Abstract Despite the improvement in some indicators of maternal health, the rate of anemia in pregnancy in South Sharqiya Region, Oman was not satisfactory. The aim of this work was to study the correlates of anemia in pregnancy and its outcomes at the ANC clinics in South Sharqiya health centers. A health facility-based follow up study was designed in 1998. In randomly selected 5 health centers representing all wilayats of South Sharqiya Region, Oman, a form for monthly data collection from the ANC registers was used to follow up 852 pregnant women till their pregnancies ended. Hemoglobin estimation was done four times monthly apart for pregnant women and data was entered into the computer using EPI info program. The data of 852 pregnant females was analyzed where 43.6\% of the sample were anemic. Logistic Regression showed that mother age and weight were significantly associated with anemia in pregnancy. Follow up of pregnant anemic women was not satisfactory. Anemic pregnant women showed response to iron supplement and folic acid received. No significant association between anemia in pregnancy whatever its grade and LBW or still birth. The follow-up system of anemia in pregnancy should be stricter. Good dietary history has to be taken from pregnant females for better nutritional education and to rule out unhealthy nutritional practices.
This article was published in J Egypt Public Health Assoc
and referenced in Journal of Blood Disorders & Transfusion