Knowledge and practices of pregnant women regarding the iron supplementation during pregnancy

Authors

  • Venkatramana K. Sonkar Department of Community Medicine, ACPM Medical College, Dhule, Maharashtra, India
  • Nazia M. Khan Department of Community Medicine, Dr. SCGMC, Nanded, Maharashtra, India
  • Vijay K. Domple Department of Community Medicine, Dr. SCGMC, Nanded, Maharashtra, India
  • Ismail F. Inamdar Department of Community Medicine, Dr. SCGMC, Nanded, Maharashtra, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20173341

Keywords:

Anaemia, Iron supplements, FSFA tablets, Pregnant women

Abstract

Background: Anaemia in pregnancy has detrimental effects on maternal and child health. WHO says prevalence of anaemia during pregnancy is alarmingly high. The purpose of this study was to assess the knowledge, and practices of pregnant women regarding iron supplements and also to assess the reasons for non -consumption of FSFA tablets.

The objectives were to study the knowledge, and practices of pregnant women regarding iron supplementation during pregnancy and to study the reasons for non-consumption of FSFA tablets.

Methods: The study was carried out on 350 pregnant women routinely attending the antenatal clinic in a rural training health centre over a period of 3 months from July 2015 to September 2015. Their knowledge and practices regarding iron supplementation were studied.

Results: Assessment of knowledge revealed that only 140 (40%) of the participants were aware of significance of consumption of FSFA tablets. Out of 350 only 221 (63.14%) pregnant women consumed the FSFA tablets. Out of 221 only 123 (55.65%) were consuming it correctly. Reasons for not consuming FSFA were forgetfulness in 48 (37.20%), side effects in 35 (27.13%), frustration with daily dose 23 (17.82%), ignorance 21 (16.27%), foul smell to tablets 20 (15.50%), misbelieves 7 (5.42%) and no response was given in 26 (20.15%).

Conclusions: The present study indicated the lack of knowledge regarding anaemia, iron rich foods and the importance of iron supplementation during pregnancy Educating antenatal women about importance of consumption of FSFA tablets and implementing this into practice will help for prevention of anaemia. 

Author Biography

Venkatramana K. Sonkar, Department of Community Medicine, ACPM Medical College, Dhule, Maharashtra, India

Department of Community Medicine, Dr, SCGMC nANDED

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Published

2017-07-22

How to Cite

Sonkar, V. K., Khan, N. M., Domple, V. K., & Inamdar, I. F. (2017). Knowledge and practices of pregnant women regarding the iron supplementation during pregnancy. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 4(8), 2891–2894. https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20173341

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