To evaluate the effect of parity on Hb levels in anaemic pregnant women receiving oral iron therapy.
Method: In this observational study, all anaemic pregnant women who attended OPD were prescribed with oral iron therapy i.e., based on Hb levels. They were grouped based upon parity as primiparous or as multiparous with undertaking of the consent and were followed up for next three months. After recording the baseline data, Hb levels and weight at the end of each month were recorded.
Results and Discussion: Changes in mean Hb levels from baseline to three months are 1.687 ± 0.85, 1.811 ± 0.67 in primi and multiparous respectively. Study did not show statistically significant difference in terms of change in Hb or weight among primi and multiparous women. But gain in Hb and weight after 3 months was satistically highly significant in comparison to baseline values in both groups with P<0.001.
Conclusion: Increase in Hb levels with oral iron therapy in anaemic pregnant women is statistically significant compared to baseline values irrespective of parity.