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Natl J Community Med. 2015; 6(4): 614-617

Practice and Significance of Iron Folic Acid Supplementation in Post-Partum Women Attending a Tertiary Care Hospital in Southern Rajasthan

Yogesh Kumar Singhal, Chandan Mal Fatehpuriya, Rekha Bhatnagar, Rohit Jain, Kathiravan Rajendran, Pratap Bhan Kaushik.

"Background: The objective of the current study was to overlook the real picture of Iron Folic acid supplementation by establishing a relationship between the practice of Iron Folic acid supplementation & the mean change in haemoglobin level antepartum and postpartum.
Methods: Two hundred and ninety pregnant women were interviewed using a structured questionnaire at 6 weeks postpartum. Women who had Haemoglobin report done between 36-38 week of gestation period and agreed for Haemoglobin estimation at 6th week postpartum were included in study. The data were fed into SPSS version 16.0 and analyzed. Mean haemoglobin concentrations during the antepartum and postpartum periods were compared using the paired t-test.
Results: The proportion of study subjects who were anemic at 36 weeks’ gestation was 64.48% and at 6 weeks postpartum was 90.68%. The mean haemoglobin at 36–38 weeks’ gestation was 10.28 ± 1.54 g/dL and at 6 weeks postpartum was 9.31±1.35 g/dL. Women taking IFA in antepartum period were 75.51% while women taking IFA in postpartum period were 11.03% only. Total 85.38% women were dropout in using IFA supplementation.
Conclusion: Despite the better availability and coverage of maternal health facilities, attitude and practice towards IFA supplementation in postpartum women is significantly ignored."

Key words: anemia, haemoglobin, postpartum, iron folic acid

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