Haematological Parameters of Normal Pregnant Women During Antenatal Clinic Booking in Ilorin, North Central Nigeria


Alterations in the values of some haematological parameters like packed cell volume and haemoglobin concentration during pregnancy have been reported to significantly influence pregnancy outcome. The aim of this study was to determine the values of haematological parameters in apparently healthy pregnant women during the antenatal clinic booking visit at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, North central Nigeria. A total of 298 apparently healthy pregnant women who presented for antenatal care booking and satisfied the inclusion criteria were included in the study. There were 64 (21.5%) women in first trimester, 146 (49.0%) women in second trimester and 88 (29.5%) in third trimester; and were aged between 22 and 42 years. Packed cell volume, haemoglobin concentration, Red cell count, mean haemoglobin concentration, mean corpuscular volume, mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration, Total white blood cell count and differentials, Platelet count and erythrocyte sedimentation rate were carried out in the subjects. The overall mean values and SD of the pregnant women for the haematological parameters were as follows: PCV (32.76±2.18%), Hb (10.82±0.77g/dl), RBC (3.87±2.32 x1012/L), MCH (28.08±2.06 pg), MCV (85.16±5.82 fl), MCHC (33.01±1.05 g/dl), TWBC (7.35±2.62 x109/L), Platelet count (192.15±62.80 x109/L) and ESR (34.07±16.85 mm/hr). There were statistically significant differences in the mean values of PCV, MCH and MCV with increasing gestational age (p<0.05). Conclusion: The present study provides a baseline data on the haematological values in pregnancy in the North central zone of the country on which further large scale studies in future may be based. This study will also be of immense benefit in the monitoring of pregnant women to determine those at risk for timely intervention thereby improving pregnancy outcome.



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Babatunde, A.S., Olawumi, H.O., Durotoye, I.A., Shittu, A.O., Adesina, K.T., Sani M.A., & Nyamgee A. (2017) Haematological Parameters of Normal Pregnant Women During Antenatal Clinic Booking in Ilorin, North Central Nigeria. Journal of Applied and Basic Sciences, 10(1):29-33. https://aauekpoma.edu.ng/index.php?option=com_content&view=categories&id=62&Itemid=232.