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Aim: To investigate hematological indices of pregnant women attending antenatal care (ANC) in Dutsin-Ma General Hospital Katsina State.
Place and Duration of the Study: Hematology Unit of Laboratory Department, General hospital Dutsin-Ma (GHDTM), between June, 2019 to November 2019.
Methodology: Structured questionnaire with consent form were administered to 552 participants and data collected contain sociodemographic information, blood pressure measurement, Packed cell volume (PCV), White Blood Cell (WBC) for period of (6 month). Data was analyzed using Graphpad instat version 3.0 and Microsoft office excel 2010.
Results: From the result, the mean age of the participants is (34.5 ± 11.6) years. The frequency of the participants according to trimester grouping were 246 (44.5%) in 1st trimester, 173 (31.3%) in 2nd trimester while 133 (24.0%) were in the 3rd trimester. Also the means PCV (%) were T1 (36.2 ± 0.19), T2 (36.1 ± 0.20), T3 (34.7 ± 0.23); Hb (g/dL) T1 (12.0 ± 0.06), T2 (12.0 ± 0.06), T3 (11.5 ± 0.08) and WBC (X 109l) T1 (7.2 ± 0.04), T2 (7.3 ± 0.05), T3 (7.4 ± 0.05), respectively. No significant difference in Post hoc test for WBC and Hb but PCV shows significant associations among the trimesters. Conclusively, the emphasis on PCV as baseline routine practice for pregnant women during ANC should be encouraged and highly supported as early detection of hematological complications in pregnancy can be overcome.
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