Iranian Society of Gynecology Oncology

Document Type : Original Research Article


1 Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy. Faculty of Pharmacy. Universitas Andalas, Indonesia

2 Department Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy. Universitas Andalas. Indonesia

3 3Department of Livestock and Product Technology, Faculty of Animal Sciences, Universitas Andalas. Indonesia

4 Department Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Andalas. Indonesia


Background and Objective: Pregnant women need more nutritional intake than before pregnancy. If this nutritional intake is insufficient for the mother, it will result in Chronic Energy Deficiency (CED). To determine if pregnant women are experiencing malnutrition or cannot be known by measuring the Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC). Based on service regulations for pregnant women in Indonesia, the minimum number of Iron-Folic Acid (IFA) tablets pregnant women get is 120. Regarding this condition, a study was conducted to analyze the relationship between the amount of IFA consumption on MUAC and several other therapeutic outcomes

Methods: This study used a cross-sectional method by examining the patient's medical records. Patients who received IFA as many as 120 tablets or more will become the exposure group. Data will be analyzed descriptively using chi-square

Results: The MUAC size significantly differed at the end of pregnancy (p=0.01). However, overall there was no significant difference between the two groups

Conclusion: The IFA administration generally gives good results, but the optimal number of IFA doses still needs further study.


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