Pattern of Weight Gain in Pregnant Women in a Rural Black Population
Keywords: Women, pregnancy, pattern, weight gain
AbstractBackground: Maternal nutritional state is important for the health and quality of life of women. Nutritional status of women has been considered an important prognostic indicator of pregnancy outcome. The study aims to show the pattern of weight gain during pregnancy.
Methodology: Five hundred (500) women attending antenatal clinic were recruited for the study, their weight was taking and recorded during each ANC visit. Chi- square and student t test were used to analysed the data. The pre-pregnancy weight was based on weight measured at lease during first two month of pregnancy.
Results: A total of 480 pregnant women participated in the study. The mean age was 24.3 ± 2.32years. 25.83% (124) are nulliparous and 74.16% (356) are multiparous. The mean parity was 4.5 ± 3.43.
Conclusion: Effort should be made to attain appropriate weight gain for the health of the mother and the baby.
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