Hemoglobin concentration in pregnant women
Experience from Moshi, Tanzania
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2011
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Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Volume 75, Issue 3, pages 241–244, March 1996
How to Cite
Bergsjø, P., Seha, A. M. and Ole-kin'ori, N. (1996), Hemoglobin concentration in pregnant women. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 75: 241–244. doi: 10.3109/00016349609047094
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2011
- Submitted 29 May, 1995 Accepted 9 August, 1995
Background Anemia in pregnancy is common in Tanzania. Previous information on distribu-ton of hemoglobin concentration in total populations is scarce.
Methods Standard measurement of hemoglobin concentration in consecutive first visit at-tenders at the antenatal care clinic in Moshi, 1991-1994, for a total of 1800, divided into three series of 600 each.
Results Hemoglobin concentrations ranged from 41 to 146 g/1, mean 96.9 and s.d. 16.3. For international comparison, 74.5% were below 110 g/1 and 7.0% below 70 g/1. The median was 97.0; other percentiles were 10th: 75.0, 90th: 116.0. The distribution did not change with mother's age, but in the years 1991 and 1994 there were more low hemoglobin values than in the intervening years.
Conclusions Low hemoglobin concentrations are prevalent among pregnant women in Moshi, Tanzania. Seven percent were found to have severe anemia, defined as a hemoglobin concentration below 70 g/1.