MATERIAL ANTHROPOMETRIC PARAMETERS AND PREGNANCY OUTCOME IN SLUMS OF LUDHIANA

Article Id: ARCC5506
Citation :- MATERIAL ANTHROPOMETRIC PARAMETERS AND PREGNANCY OUTCOME IN SLUMS OF LUDHIANA.Asian Journal Of Dairy and Food Research.2002.(21)
Chawla P.K.*, Kaur M., Jain R.
Address : Department of Food and Nutrition, College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141 004 (Punjab)

Abstract

Sixty three pregnant women residing in slums of Ludhiana were selected during eigth month of pregnancy. They were assessed for their nutritional status. Body weight, height, MUAC and TSFT of the subjects were recorded. For the assessment of nutritionai status of newborns birth weight (BW), CHL, circumference of head, chest and MUA were recordell within 24 hours of delivery. Poor prepregnancy weight and poor nutrition during pregnancy resulted in low weight gain by the subjects i.e. 5.0±0.12 kg which was lower than the prescribed standards. The mean BW recorded was 25.99±57.84 g which was lower than ICMR standard (27–50 g). The incidence of LBW babies was 30.1 per cent. All the anthropometric measurements of new borns except chest circumference were lower than ICMR standards. Anthropometric parameters of pregnant women living in slums and their newborns were not satisfactory due to poverty and ignorance. Thus there is need to start self employment schemes and nutrition education for slum dwellers.

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