Maternal anaemia leads to low birth weight and stunted growth

Indonesian woman and child - anaemia problemsA recent article on AntaraNews.com reported on anaemia and nutritional deficiencies in Indonesian women, and the effects this has on their children.

Hamam Hadi, a nutritionist from Gajah Mada University in Yogyakarta, says that 37 percent of a total 5.2 million pregnant women in Indonesia suffer from anaemia – a truly alarming figure.

“Iron deficiency anaemia and poor maternal nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding may increase the risk of preterm delivery or low birth weight baby and lead to stunted growth of the child. In Indonesia, at least two million pregnant women are at risk of anaemia, a condition in which they do not have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to their tissues… Hamam stressed the need for pregnant women to increase their intake of nutrients to prevent stunted growth in their children, as the growth of a child begins right in the womb and continues until he or she turns two years old.”

Read the full article here.

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  1. Yundah

    Anemia in pregnant women is a factor that directly affects the incidence of LBW and can be measured to determine nutritional status during pregnancy. However, from this research, https://e-journal.unair.ac.id/BHSJ/article/view/13239, there are other factors that can affect the incidence of LBW, such as body weight and maternal height, the number of parity, a short pregnancy distance, and the existence of problems in the history of previous pregnancy and childbirth.

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