Traditional Nutritional Practices Of Postnatal Women In Iran | 106461
Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy
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Nutrition has an important role in restore women??? health during postnatal period. Much of the woman's behavior
during theis period including nutritional practice is strongly influenced by her cultural background. This study
was conducted to determine the traditional nutritional practices (TNP) among the postnatal women in Gonbad
Kavous city, Northern Iran. In a descriptive study, the data was collected from 305 women between Aug to Oct
2014. Women attending primary health centers in rural and urban areas were recruited using randomized sampling
method. A questionnaire on socio-demographic and TNP during postnatal period was administrated to the sample.
Yes and no answers were summed up to calculate the total score ranging from 0 to 8. Data was analyzed using
descriptive analysis and chi-square test. The total number of traditional practices ranged from 2 to 8 with the mean
being 6.46±1.42. Majority of the women have eaten plenty of hot drink (95.1%), have avoided eating spicy food
(87.2%), have eaten plenty of sweaty fatty food (85.6%), have avoided eating some of smelly food such as onion and
garlic (84.3%), have eaten yellow oil (Sari Yagh) (83.6%), have eaten red sugar (Ghezel Shekar) (76.1%), have eaten
Bulmagh (Oil+ Suger+Rice powder) (73.1%) and have avoided eating red meat (61.3%). There was no significant
difference between TNP and socio-demographic characteristics. TNP was quite high among postnatal women in
this study. As information on safety of these practices is limited, health care practitioner should be aware of such
practices and asked mothers about it.
Fatemeh Abdollahi has completed her PhD from University Putra Malaysia School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is the Faculty Member and Researcher in Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences. She is Head of Public Health Department and Director of Health Sciences Research Center, Addiction Institute in Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences. She has published more than 30 papers in index journals on the Maternal and Child Health.