Introduction: Chronic Energy Deficiency (CED) is an indirect cause of maternal death which affects pregnant women in developing countries. The low nutritional status of pregnant women may result in a poor birth oucome. The purpose of this study is to analyse the factors that influence CED incidences in pregnant women. Material and Method: This quantitative research employed a cross sectional design using a questionnaire, as well as the measurement of mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) for the data collection methods. Fifty respondents attending the Pulubala community health centre in the Gorontalo district of Eastern Indonesia were recruited to participate. Results: Most respondents were at the age where there was only a low risk of pregnancy complications, in addition to having poor nutritional knowledge, no previous experience with infectious disease, and having CED. Maternal age and knowledge of nutrition were significantly associated with CED. History of infectious disease had no statistical relationship with CED. Conclusion: Pregnant women should be provided with nutritional education and micronutrient supplementation in order to improve their nutritional status.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2018|
- Chronic energy deficiency