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To Explore the Perceived Food Taboos during Pregnancy and their Relation to Maternal Nutrition and Health

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The purpose of this study was to explore perceived food taboos during pregnancy and their relation to maternal nutritional status and health outcomes. The study was guided by the following objectives: To investigate food taboos identified for pregnant women in Namwala District, to identify dietary taboos that were embraced by the Women and to highlight nutritional challenges related to dietary taboos during pregnancy. Descriptive research design was used as the framework for carrying out the study with an estimated population comprising pregnant women who attended and received antenatal services at various clinics. From this estimated population, a sample comprising 74 pregnant women was selected using Purposive sampling method. SPSS V25 was used to analyze the raw data descriptively. The results clearly showed widespread practice of food taboos during pregnancy and the main reason for adherence was culture. The following interventions were recommended: Developing a team of community care givers, with the inclusion of traditional leadership to help break the barrier of food taboos in maternal nutrition. The Ministry of Education can spearhead a curriculum with maternal nutritional education in the school curriculum as early as primary school level in order to discourage people from observing detrimental food taboos. Antenatal Clinics should include awareness strategies and a Health Feeding Programme in order to provide nutritious meals to pregnant women whist attending antenatal, like School Health Nutrition (SHN) in schools. This strategy would increase antenatal attendance with definite positive health outcomes among them, reduction in the number of Preterm births in Zambia.

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Food taboos during antenatal and postpartum period among the women of rural and urban areas of Tamilnadu

Scholar Science Journals

Background: Eating nutritionally balanced foods during pregnancy is very essential. In India, dietary habits of pregnant women are highly influenced by food fads, cultural taboos, customs and religious beliefs. Very minimum data is available on the dietary intake of pregnant and postpartum nutritional practices in India. Objective: The aim of the study was to assess the existing beliefs and practices regarding food during pregnancy and lactation. Design: Cross-sectional study/ Community based experimental study. Place and duration of study: The present study was conducted at different parts of Tamilnadu. This study was conducted in five months time from September 2015 to January 2016. Participants and methods: The sample included both currently pregnant women who have had a previous childbirth, and lactating women. Sample size was 650 females of age group 22-60 years .We asked about their traditional beliefs and their behaviour during antenatal and postpartum period. We used a framework approach to identify main taboos. Simple Convenience Sampling technique was used. Results: 89% believed that there is an effect of food on pregnancy and lactation, 11% did not. Despite of high literacy rate (75%) there are certain strong, food beliefs regarding pregnancy and lactation which have been practiced by pregnant ladies and lactating mothers which were affecting their food intake. Conclusions: All accessible resources for creating wakefulness among the women regarding the importance of diet during pregnancy and lactation should be used properly by using all means of communication.

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Zewdie Birhanu

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Food Taboos among Pregnant Women in Health Centers, Khartoum State- Sudan, 2016

2018 •

International Journal of Science and Healthcare Research (IJSHR)

Background: Food taboos are known in different human societies in respect to harmful, beneficial and optimal food requirements, which is necessary for pregnant women to get successful reproductive outcome. These beliefs may or may not conform to the modern biomedical notion for the standard types and amount of foods needed for pregnant women to safeguard maternal nutrition, adequate for the fetus and safe delivery. This is a descriptive cross-sectional health centers based study. The aim was to study food taboos among pregnant women attending antenatal clinic in health centers in Khartoum State. Methods: The study population covered pregnant women of (n = 331) attending the selected health centers over a period of two months (March – April-2016). Data were collected using questionnaire and analyzed using SPSS version 16. The associations between different variables were checked using Chi-Square, and P. value < 0.05 was considered significant. Results: The study revealed that 43.8% of the pregnant women refused to eat some types of food during pregnancy, 65.5% avoided eating red meat, 29% avoided eating eggs, 23.4% avoided eating white meat and 36.5% avoided drinking milk.64.1% of the pregnant women refrained to eat some types of food during pregnancy for personal reasons as 46.2% due to morning sickness, 17.2% for nausea, 3.2% for allergy and 3.2% for vomiting. 35.9% of the pregnant women refrained from eating some types of food for community reasons. 67.3% avoided eating certain foods during pregnancy because they cause difficulties during labour, 15.4% believe that it may cause disease to the pregnant women. 41.1% of the pregnant women have heard that availability of certain foods is preferred not to be eaten during pregnancy as a social norm.36% of the pregnant women preferred to take specific types of foods during pregnancy as 51.3% preferred to take milk and 42% preferred eating fruits. The study showed a statistical association between refraining from eating certain foods during pregnancy among pregnant women and the residential area (P=0.000), also the study showed a statistical association between refraining from eating certain foods during pregnancy among pregnant women and their educational level (P=0.000). Conclusion: The study concluded that a large group of the pregnant women refrained to eat certain foods during pregnancy due to food taboos, personal and community reasons. The study recommends nutritional education to correct wrong beliefs among pregnant women.

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Food taboos and related misperceptions during pregnancy in Mekelle city, Tigray, Northern Ethiopia

2020 •

Lemlem Weldegerima Gebremariam

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International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health

Food taboos during pregnancy and lactation among tribal population of south India

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Background: Good nutrition paves the way for a fair chance in life. Food taboos exist in all the communities and do vary from one community to another. Objectives of current study were to study the socio-demographic profile of the tribal pregnant women, to explore food taboos during pregnancy and lactation among the tribal pregnant women and to assess association between sociodemographic characteristics and food taboo among pregnant women. Methods: This cross‑sectional study was conducted from July 2022 to August 2022 in tribal area among tribal pregnant women from selected area. They were interviewed for which pre-tested structured format was used. Sample size calculated was 303.SPSS version 26.0 was used to calculate statistics. Results: 265 (87.4%) study respondents reported that they include certain special food items during pregnancy. 263 (86.7%) respondents reported that they include certain special food items during lactation. 219 (72.3%) pregnant mothers reported that they a...

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Taboos in Food Practices during Pre and Post-natal Period: A Comparative Study between Tribal and Non- Tribal Women in Odisha

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Food Taboo and Myth Among Pregnant Mothers in Gedeo Zone, South Ethiopia: a Qualitative Study

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