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Natl J Community Med. 2019; 10(12): 649-652


Assessment of Knowledge and Attitude Regarding Pre-Conceptional Care Among Newly Married Women Residing at Urban Areas Of Vadodara City, Gujarat, India

Pritesh G Patel, Tejas A Shah.

Abstract
"Introduction: Preconception health refers to the health before pregnan-cy. Maternal lifestyle in the period prior to conception as well as dur-ing pregnancy is an important de-terminant of healthy pregnancy and normal foetal development. By the time most women have realised that they are pregnant and have taken the first contact with antenatal care, the foetal organ already been devel-oped. Preconception care has a posi-tive impact on maternal and child health outcomes.
Objectives: To assess the knowledge & attitude regarding pre-conceptional care of newly married women of selected urban area of Vadodara city.
Method: A cross sectional study was carried out among 100 newly married women residing at urban area of Vadodara city. The women were interviewed by using struc-tured questionnaire. Data analysis was done using Microsoft Excel.
Result: Out of 100 interviewed women 12% had poor, 82% had av-erage and 6% of women had good knowledge. 52% of women had negative attitude and 48% of wom-en had positive attitude. Correlation between knowledge and attitude was 0.815 at 5% level of significance which suggest moderately positive correlation.
Conclusion: Average knowledge, Negative attitude & moderately pos-itive correlation regarding pre-conceptional care were noticed among newly married women."

Key words: Pre-conception care, newly married women, Knowledge and Attitude


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