Clinical Investigation

Vitamin and iron utilization rates and the related affecting factors in pregnants living in Central Anatolia


  • Emel Kıyak Çağlayan
  • Mustafa Kara
  • Seyhan Karaçavuş
  • Yalçın Erdoğan
  • Yaprak Engin Üstün

Turk J Obstet Gynecol 2014;11(2):94-97


The purpose of this study was to determine the status of vitamin-iron usage and the related affecting factors in pregnancy.

Material and method:

Among patients admitted to Obstetrics and Gynecology outpatient clinics between April 2011 and October 2011, the questionnaire was conducted to 300 pregnant women who agreed to participate in the study by an interviewer nurse with the help of face-to-face meeting.


The level of iron and vitamin usage in the patients included in the study was 78.3%. The use of iron and vitamin was found higher in housewives and in high income group (p<0.05). It was determined that the level of iron and vitamin usage in those with nausea and vomiting related with pregnancy reduced significantly (p<0.05). The rate of medicine usage was found as significantly lower in smoker pregnant (p<0.05). The level of drug usage was observed substantially lower in smoking pregnant women (p<0.05).


It was ascertained that the use of iron and vitamin in pregnancy was associated with nutritional status, personal habits and socio-economic level. As a result, the use of iron and vitamin in pregnant can be increased by giving a more detailed and individualized antenatal care

Keywords: Pregnancy, iron and vitamin usage