Ladakh India Case Study

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It is evident that there are multiple factors that can affect the health of women during pregnancy. Although it may seem that the factors are in the woman’s control, the lack of resources, the beliefs and culture, and the society in Ladakh India impact both maternal and infant health. Widespread use of biomedical services is shown in both an ecological context, as well as a cultural context. In an ecological context, hypoxia associated with the high altitude of the region places stresses on maternal and fetal health, whereas in a cultural context diet and roles in and out the household place further complication in reproductive health. In addition to the barriers of health, the way that women may view biomedicine impacts the pregnancy. The …show more content…
As a result, there is a possibility of reduced birthweight within many populations in high altitude. Although there is strong evidence associated with this study. It may not be the case for all populations. Some populations have evolved adaptations to hypoxia that result in higher birthweights. However, for the most part, infants are born 10% lower than the average birthweight at sea level. But lower birthweight is only the beginning of the problem; lower birthweights are associated with greater probabilities of early mortality and possibly intrauterine growth retardation. While it may seem like the solution is to migrate to lowlands, the finances and resources need to move are extreme compared to the current socioeconomic state of the soon to be …show more content…
Traditional diet is based on locally grown food like hardy wheat, and imported products like rice, potatoes, radishes, and turnips. With many of these crops being seasonal, the change in climate creates substantial variation in available foods. As a result, many pregnant women may not be receiving the necessary nutrients needed to have a healthy pregnancy. Also, with the large consumption of tea, there is a massive salt intake, resulting in hypertension during pregnancy. Although it may not be a surprise that women have to stick to the same diet due to being in an agricultural society, there is some surprise to the low urgency for the change of diet during

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