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Perspectivas en Nutrición Humana

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RESTREPO MESA, Sandra Lucía  and  PARRA SOSSA, Beatriz Elena. Maternal nutritional status impacts infant birth-weight. Perspect Nut Hum [online]. 2009, vol.11, n.2, pp.179-186. ISSN 0124-4108.

Malnutrition during pregnancy has been the subject of much research. Colombia's National Nutritional Survey-2005 (ENSIN) indicated that pregnant women between (13-17, 18-29, 30-49 y of age) had anemia 52,4%, 41,3%, and 48,2%, respectively. it is not only due to iron deficiency, it is because of 5 0ut of 10 pregnant women present malnutrition ,40% are underweight, that have been associated with intra-uterine growth retardation (IUGR) and consequent low birth weight (LBW)that now is 6.2% resulting in growth retardation, infection diseases, cognitive problems and increased risk to develop chronic diseases later in life . Such evidence-based data will support recommendations and actions that will reduce health risks through nutritional modifications, and health promotion for adequate pregnancy development.

Keywords : pregnancy; birth weight; anemia; hemoglobin; nutritional status; body mass index.

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