Socio-demographic correlates of mothers given birth to normal and low birth weight babies

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Prabhavathi Siddiah Neelaiah
Khyrunnisa Begum


Objectives: To observe the pattern of morbidity affecting fetal growth among the low socio economic groupwomen.

Methodology: One hundred and fifty pregnant women who were in 2nd and 3rd trimester were selectedfrom government maternity hospital which catered to the low socio economic group. The selected subjectswere followed up till delivery. Morbidity profile was monitored every fortnightly throughout pregnancy.The women were grouped into two, based on birth weight of neonates. Those women who had babies withnormal birth weight were referred as normal birth weight group (NBW) and those with low birth weightinfants were referred as low birth weight group (LBW).

Results: Significant differences in the morbidity pattern in the two groups were seen. The major sicknessesamong normal birth weight (NBW) group were low back pain, Urinary tract infection, and allergy,while the low birth weight (LBW) groups were found to suffer from urinary tract infection, constipation,allergy, low back pain, diarrhea, and stomach ache.

Conclusion: Incidence rate of the common sickness were significantly lower in NBW women as comparedto the LBW group.

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Neelaiah PS, Begum K. Socio-demographic correlates of mothers given birth to normal and low birth weight babies. J Postgrad Med Inst [Internet]. 2013 Jun. 21 [cited 2022 May 23];27(3). Available from:
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Prabhavathi Siddiah Neelaiah, Guest faculty, Department of food science and Nutrition, Manasagangothri, Mysore.

Department of Food Science and Nutrition

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