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Assessment of the rate of low birthweight and its related factors in Ahvaz, Iran, in 1995 and 1996

Amani, R. (2000) Assessment of the rate of low birthweight and its related factors in Ahvaz, Iran, in 1995 and 1996. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 21 (3). pp. 290-292. ISSN 03795721 (ISSN)

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Abstract

The prevalence of low birthweight (LBW) and its possible risk factors in Ahvaz, Iran, were determined in 10 health centres and 3 main hospitals in the city from 876 randomly selected mother-infant files. The variables included maternal pre-pregnancy and pre-labour weight, infant weight, maternal haemoglobin level, pregnancy history, and socio-economic status. The rate of LBW was 7.3. LBW was significantly related to pre-pregnancy maternal weight, weight gain during pregnancy, maternal haemoglobin level, and mother's literacy (p < .05). Mothers given iron supplements starting at four months of pregnancy had elevated haemoglobin levels (p < .0001). Evidence is provided that educating young mothers can reduce the rate of LBW.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: health status Ahvaz Iran
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences
Depositing User: مهندس مهدی شریفی
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2018 13:14
URI: http://eprints.ajums.ac.ir/id/eprint/19760

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