Socioeconomic status and intake of energy and sodium are associated with calcium intake among pregnant women in Rafsanjan city, Iran
Article first published online: 29 JUL 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research © 2012 Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Volume 39, Issue 1, pages 146–153, January 2013
How to Cite
Ebrahimi, F., Shariff, Z. M., Rezaeian, M., Tabatabaei, S. Z., Mun, C. Y. and Tajik, E. (2013), Socioeconomic status and intake of energy and sodium are associated with calcium intake among pregnant women in Rafsanjan city, Iran. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research, 39: 146–153. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0756.2012.01948.x
Fatemeh Ebrahim: Study conceptualization, data collection and analysis, manuscript preparation. Zalilah Mohd Shariff: Study conceptualization, data review, manuscript preparation and finalization. Mohsen Rezaeian: Study conceptualization, data analysis, data review. Seyed Zia Tabatabaei: Study conceptualization, data review. Chan Yoke Mun: Study conceptualization, data review. Esra Tajik: Study conceptualization, data review.
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 29 JUL 2012
- Received: October 31 2011.; Accepted: May 10 2012.
- pregnant women;
- socioeconomic status;
Aim: Calcium intake in developing countries is lower than that in developed countries. In Iran, inadequate calcium intake in the general population, especially among women, is a public health concern. This cross-sectional study examined the correlation between sociodemographic, obstetrical and lifestyle factors with calcium intake among pregnant women in Rafsanjan city, southeast Iran.
Material and Methods: A sample of 308 healthy pregnant women aged 18–35 years from seven urban health-care centers participated in the study. All women were measured for height and weight and interviewed for demographic and socioeconomic, obstetrical, lifestyle and dietary intake information while pre-pregnancy weight was obtained from prenatal record. Stepwise multiple regression was used to assess factors associated with calcium intake.
Results: The mean daily calcium intake of women was 968.51 ± 363.05 mg/day and only 46.4% of the pregnant women met the dietary reference intakes of 1000 mg for calcium. Milk and milk products showed the greatest contribution to calcium intake (75.11%). Energy-adjusted calcium intake was positively associated with years of schooling (P < 0.01), calorie (P < 0.01) and energy-adjusted sodium (P < 0.01) intakes.
Conclusion: This information would be useful in planning and developing appropriate strategies to improve calcium intake in pregnant women. Efforts to increase calcium intake in pregnant women should focus on promoting nutrient-dense food and making these foods available and accessible, particularly to socioeconomically deprived women.