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Hematocrit values during pregnancy in a nurse-midwifery caseload

Hematocrit values during pregnancy in a nurse-midwifery caseload

Journal of Nurse-Midwifery 37(6): 404-410

This article reviews the normal hematologic changes in pregnancy and the kinetics of iron metabolism. The differences between iron depletion and anemia are described. The hematocrit levels of a nurse-midwifery caseload in a tertiary-care setting are described and compared with recently published population norms. Hematocrits of the sample compared favorably to the population hematocrits until 24 weeks' gestation, when the sample hematocrit mean became statistically lower and remained that way throughout pregnancy. Further analysis was done on the sample hematocrits, comparing differences in parity, age, pregnancy spacing, and AS versus AA hemoglobin. Parous women with a pregnancy interval > 12 months had a higher mean hematocrit than nulliparous women. Mean hematocrits of age groups varied significantly only at the 29-32-week interval, with women younger than 18 having lower mean hematocrits than those > or = 18. A trend of women with AS hemoglobin having higher hematocrits than women with AA hemoglobin was identified, reaching statistical significance at the 29-32-week interval.

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Accession: 040260743

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PMID: 1460530

DOI: 10.1016/0091-2182(92)90124-l

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