Background: Micronutrient deficiencies, specially iron, render pregnant women as one of the most vulnerable groups to have anemia. Aim: To report the prevalence of anemia during pregnancy and its associated features in women attending public clinics in the Puente Alto County. Material and methods: We studied 1683 pregnant women aged 18 years old or more. Hemoglobin concentration was determined using the cianmetahemoglobin method. Anemia was defined using the 5th percentile cut-off for each week of gestational age as proposed by R Yip from the Centers of Disease Control, 1989. The influence of maternal age, parity, nutritional status classified using weight/height, diseases and smoking habits on hemoglobin concentration were analyzed using logistic regression with a stepwise procedure. Results: Thirteen percent of the study population was anemic. The single factor significantly associated with anemia was nutritional status. Twenty one percent of women with a low weight for height were anemic. Conclusions: These results support the concept that pregnant women with a low weight for height have the greatest risk for anemia and should be specially benefited with preventive or treatment programs to avoid this problem.
|Título traducido de la contribución||Anemia during pregnancy in Puente Alto, Chile|
|Número de páginas||6|
|Publicación||Revista Medica de Chile|
|Estado||Publicada - may 2003|
- Pregnancy complications
Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus
- Medicina (todo)