Serum levels of total cholesterol (TC), high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-CH) and low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-CH) concentrations were determined in two hundred and fifty (250) apparently healthy females of child bearing age ( non pregnant, 127 and pregnant 123) who attended the antenatal and other clinics at Kura Comprehensive Health Centre, Kano State from August to December 2005. Body weight and height of each subject were taken to calculate body mass index (BMI). Mean serum TC, HDL-CH and BMI values were found to be higher in pregnant than in non pregnant subjects. When the pregnant subjects were classified on the basis of gestational age, 35.0% were in second trimester and 65.0% were in the third trimester. Mean serum TC, HDL- CH and LDL- CH values were significantly higher (p< 0.05) in second trimester subjects than third trimester subjects. Though a preliminary study, the result of this work will contribute in unraveling the serum lipid profile among pregnant and non pregnant Hausa - Fulani women in Northern Nigeria.
Key word: serum lipoproteins, pregnant women, Hausa-Fulani, Northern Nigeria