Proceeding Manado Health Polytechnic 1 st International Conference. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UPPER ARM CIRCUMFERENCE (UAC) OF THE THIRD TRIMESTER PREGNANT WOMAN AND BIRTH WEIGHT IN SIFRA MATERNITY CLINIC, SUB-DISTRICT OF EAST LANGOWAN, MINAHASA REGENCY

Atik Purwandari, Sandra Tombokan, Mariawati
unpublished
The assessment of nutritional status is the first step to monitor one's health. Pregnant women with less nutritional status are likely to have high risk of problem categories, such as miscarriage, intrauterine fetal demise, stillbirth, fetal or infant defect, and low birth weight (LBW). Pregnant women with chronic energy deficiency (CED) and anemia are likely to have greater risk of illness, especially during third trimester of pregnancy. This study aims to determine and analyze the
more » ... yze the relationship between the upper arm circumference (UAC) of the third trimester pregnant women and the weight of babies born in Sifra Maternity Clinic, Sub-district of East Langowan, Minahasa Regency. This analytical study uses cross sectional approach. The samples were taken from all third trimester pregnant women in Sifra Maternity Clinic of Sub-district of East Langowan, the Regency of Minahasa from March to April 2017, comprising 69 people. The data collection format was presented in the form of distribution tables. The data was analyzed using chi-square test. Based on the results of the study, 58 (84,06%) of the respondents presented AUC ≥ 23.5 cm and 11 (15,94%) had AUC < 23.5 cm. Fifty-six babies (81.16%) weighed ≥ 2500 grams at birth while 13 (18.84%) weighed <2500 grams at birth. Based on the results of chi-square test, the p-value was 0,000 <α or equal to 0.05. Thus, there is a relationship between the upper arm circumference of the third trimester pregnant women and birth weight. Health workers can provide continuous counseling on nutrition fulfillment from pregnancy to postpartum for the sake of maternal and infant health; pregnant women should undertake routine checkup during pregnancy so that their nutritional status can be identified in order to get supplementary feeding, counseling, medication, or others during pregnancy period.
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