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KNOWLEDGE OF ANTENATAL CARE IN WOMEN OF REPRODUCTIVE AGE RESIDING IN SUB-URBAN AREAS OF LAHORE

Musa Raza*, M Farooq Amjad, Samiyah Tasleem, Alweena Awan, Maarij Shehzad and Ayesha Humayun

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Background: The mother and child health has been a major issue both at national and international level. For this purpose ante-natal care practices have been established aiming to have healthy child and mother. Objective: To assess how much a women of reproductive age is aware of antenatal care practices in order to ensure her and her child’s health. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in May to July 2015 in a urban community Ali Raza Abad. A self-constructed questionnaire containing both open and close ended questions was administered to assess the level of knowledge about different aspects of antenatal care. Results: It was found that majority of women (99.1%) recognize the need of ANC visits of a pregnant lady, however only 76% were aware that when should they make the first visit to the doctor. Need of extra food by pregnant ladies was well appreciated and smoking was recognized as harmful for the fetus. A low response was seen in warning signs during pregnancy and about the fetal developmental anomalies. Conclusion: Majority of the females from this community is not academically sound but they do have the basic information regarding the importance of antenatal care services for the future health of the mother and the child. They are not hesitant to the fact of being empowered and bestowed with knowledge regarding the ANC the government needs to ensure the delivery of this information in great depth to the females and the family members along with the hazardous complication that may arise if not properly followed.

Keywords: Antenatal practices.


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