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Table 4 Dietary practices of the pregnant women in Bahir Dar town, Northwestern Ethiopia, 2016(n = 616)

From: Dietary practices and associated factors during pregnancy in northwestern Ethiopia

Questions/variables Number (n = 616) Percentage (%)
Avoid any food or diet in the current pregnancy Yes 203 33.0
No 413 67.0
Reasons of avoiding Religion 151 74.38
Culture 2 1.0
To avoid big baby 17 8.37
Labor difficulty 6 2.95
Others (dislike, discomfort) 27 13.30
Dietary regimen during current pregnancy Yes 414 67.2
No 202 32.8
Skipping meal during current pregnancy Yes 380 61.7
No 236 38.3
Type of meal skipped Breakfast 266 70
Lunch 6 1.6
Snack 93 24.5
Dinner 15 3.9
Taking additional meal Yes 436 70.8
No 180 29.2
Number of additional meals 1.One 210 48.17
2. Two 217 49.77
3. Three and more 9 2.06
Took iron supplement Yes 400 64.9
No 216 35.1
Habits of eating snacks between meals Yes 494 80.2
No 122 19.8
Consumption/eating CHO rich foods daily Yes 257 41.7
No 359 58.3
Consumption/eating protein rich foods daily Yes 293 38.8
No 377 61.2
Consumption/eating fresh vegetables daily Yes 477 77.4
No 139 22.6
Consumption/eating fruits daily Yes 429 69.6
No 187 30.4
Following weight during pregnancy Yes 464 75.3
No 152 24.7
  Good (score ≥ 75%) 242 39.3
Overall dietary practices Poor (score < 75%) 374 60.7