Objective: Anemia is the most common nutritional deficiency disorder in the world. The prevalenceÂ of anemia in pregnancy varies considerably because of differences in socioeconomic conditions,Â lifestyles and health seeking behaviors across different cultures. The aim of this study was to evaluate
the prevalence of anemia among pregnant women in western part of Nepal.
Method: A hospital basedÂ study was carried out in Nepalgunj Medical College, Kohalpur, Banke Nepal to determine prevalenceÂ of anemia among pregnant women. A total of 512 pregnant (15-45 years old) were included in this
study. Cyanmethaemoglobin method was used to determine the hemoglobin level. The study tookÂ place from January 2012 to December 2012. Statistical analyses were carried out by applyingÂ percentage and words excel 2007.
Results: Out of five hundred twelve pregnant women, 210
(41.02%) pregnant women were anemic and 302 pregnant women were non anemic (58.98%). Also,Â among these anemic pregnant women, majority (67.14 %) of these women were mildly anemic,Â whereas 28.57% were moderately and 4.29% were severely anemic.
Conclusion: Prevalence ofÂ anemia was higher in the pregnant women at the second trimester (51.1%) and also at the 20-35 yearsÂ age group (62.79%).