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National Journal of Community Medicine

Original Article

Year: 2022 | Volume: 13 | Issue: 4 | Page No: 242-247

Socio-Demographic and Obstetrical Factors Influencing Consumption of Iron and Calcium Supplement In A Rural Community

Author: Vinod Kumar1, Mayank Jain2, Manish Jain3, Somya Thakan4, Kapil Garg5, Umashankar Shukla6

Affiliation:

1Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Jhalawar Medical College, Jhalawar, Rajasthan

2Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Jhalawar Medical College, Jhalawar, Rajasthan

3Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Jhalawar Medical College, Jhalawar, Rajasthan

4PG Resident, Department of Community Medicine, Jhalawar Medical College, Jhalawar, Rajasthan

5Senior Demonstrator, Department of Community Medicine, Jhalawar Medical College, Jhalawar, Rajasthan

6Ph.D Research Scholar, Statistics, Shri JJT University, Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan

Abstract:

Background: Calcium supplementation during pregnancy has a proven potential to reduce adverse gestational outcomes, in particular by decreasing the risk of developing hypertensive disorders during gestation. Objective: to evaluate various factors influencing the consumption of iron folic acid and calcium tablets supplementation during pregnancy. Methodology: A community based analytical cross-sectional study was conducted among 200 women in the rural field practice area of Jhalawar. Data were collected by house to house visit and analyzed using chi-square test. Results: Only 55.5% pregnant women have taken IFA tablets while 23.5% women have taken tablets of calcium during their pregnancy. IFA consumption was significantly associated with level of education of women and their husband, socio-economic class, type of family, number of ANC visits and presence of husband during those visits and mass media exposure Calcium consumption were also associated with level of education of women, socio-economic class, number of ANC visits and presence of husband during those visits. Conclusions: Consumption of IFA tablets was higher than the national level however calcium consumption was low. Emphasis should be given on early registration, multiple ANC visits, role of family and husband in caring of mother during pregnancy to improve consumptions of IFA and Calcium supplements.

Keywords: Anaemia, Calcium Supplementation, Folic Acid, Iron, Pregnant Women

DOI: 10.55489/njcm.1342022438


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