KnE Life Sciences | The 2nd International Meeting of Public Health 2016 (IMOPH) – Part II | pages: 35–38

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1. Introduction

Nutritional status has a significant role in the human life cycle. Everyone's needs for nutrients are the same; however, the numbers are not the same (Kusharisupeni 2011). The nutritional status of an adult is the result of growth throughout life begins in the womb, infancy, childhood, and puberty. The degree of nutritional status can see from the absence of major dietary problems, such as chronic energy deficiency, Deficiency of Iodine, Anemia (Achadi 2011).

Chronic Energy Deficiency (CED) is a deficiency state's energy needs in a long time or chronic, result of an imbalance between intake and expenditure to meet the needs of energy. It can be known with MUAC measurement (Upper Arm) that result < 23.5 cm. Aside from the MUAC measurement results under normal, CED patients have an imbalance between weight and height as well as less active (Triyanti et al. 2011).

When someone has a shortage of the required amount of nutrients the body needs, especially for women, she will have an impact throughout its life cycle. If they are pregnant, there is the risk of having a baby with low birth weight (LBW), weight infants < 2.500 gram. This condition is also confirmed by the results of the study (Hanifah 2009) were obtained, the value of p = 0.000.

It needs to get more attention because of low birth weight often experience an increase in infections, susceptible to complications: disorders of the respiratory system, central nervous system disorders, cardiovascular, hematologic, gastrointestinal, renal, thermoregulation, death. Also, it also occurs difficulty in catch-up growth, followed by impaired cognitive function (Achadi 2011).

The Basic Health Research (RISKEDAS) 2013 results showed that the percentage of LBW 10.2% of total live births. Central Java reached 21.573 cases (3.75%). Surakarta had as many as 205 cases (2.00%) of 10.135 live births, and the fact is increased compared with the previous year, 1.8% (DKK Surakarta 2013).

Also, the Hospital Surakarta in 2014 obtained the incidence of LBW by 170 cases (10.9%) out of 1559 live births, and these events tend to rise every month (Rekam Medis RSUD Surakarta 2014).

In addition to a high incidence of low birth weight, in our country, the impact of CED on the women of childbearing age is also quite high. Conditions RISKESDAS seen from the data in 2013, it was obtained CED in pregnant women 24.2% and 20.8% non-pregnant women (Kementerian Kesehatan 2014). In Surakarta, it showed that pregnant women with CED as many as 497 people (4.55%) of the target amounted 10.923 pregnant women (Dinas Kesehatan Kota Surakarta 2013).

The incidence of LBW at the Surakarta hospital which has increased every month and the nutritional status of pregnant women affect birth weight infants then it is suggested to research Relationship between Nutritional Status Pregnancy and LBW at The Surakarta hospital.

2. Methods

The design of this research study used case-control approach, and it aims to study the relationship between the causes of illness and disease investigated by comparing the case group and the control group based on the status of disease-causing, retrospectively. This research analyzed the relationship between the nutritional status of pregnant women and low birth weight, comparing groups of LBW and not LBW.

Figure 1

Design of the case-control.


This research was conducted at room Maternal and Infant Care, at the Surakarta hospital, in December 2014 - June 2015. The total sample consisted of two groups: the control group of 30 subjects, whereas the case group of 10 items. The allocation of issues was by matching. The instruments used were baby scales, MUAC measurement results that had recorded in the KMS Pregnancy. The limit of significance (α) was 0.05 and a confidence interval was 95%.

3. Results and Discussion

In the early stages of statistical tests, it was performed with chi-square test and there was one cell which had an expected value < 5 then used the alternative analysis. The Fisher exact test was shown in the table as follows:

Table 1

Crosstab Nutritional Status of Pregnant Women and Low Birth Weight.

LBW Statistic test
n % n %
Nutrition Status Mal 5 50.0 4 13.33 p=0.029 OR=6.5
Good 5 50.0 26 86.67
Total 10 100.0 30 100.0

From the statistical test in table values, it was obtained significance = 0.029, the p-value of < 0.05, showing that there was a significant difference between the nutritional status of pregnant women and the occurrence of LBW. Odds ratios (OR) for the case and control groups was 6.5, showing that pregnant women with malnutrition status could experience LBW 6.5 times compared to pregnant women with good nutritional status.

It could be concluded that pregnant women with malnutritional status could experience LBW 6.5 times compared to pregnant women with good nutritional status. The results of this study was reinforced by research Hanifah (2009), showing that there was a relationship between Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) maternal and infant birth weight. Eddyman (2011) concluded that there was a significant correlation between maternal nutritional status by size Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) with birth weight infants. Rukmana (2013) stated that there was a relationship between nutrient intake and nutritional status of pregnant women with baby's birth weight. The hypothesis of this study could be proven or acceptable.

4. Conclusions

There was a significant difference between the nutritional status of pregnant mothers and the incidence of infants with low birth weight at The Surakarta hospital. The expectant mothers with malnutrition had the probability of 6.5 higher to have infants with low birth weight than their counterparts with a good nutritional status.



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