Associated Factors to Dietary Diversity and Nutritional Status of Pregnant Women

Associated Factors to Dietary Diversity and Nutritional Status of Pregnant Women. A Narrative Review

Gesessew K.L.

Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, Shambu Campus, Wollega University

Lack of diversified diets is a severe problem in the developing world, where diets are pre-dominantly starchy staples with few animal products, seasonal fruits and vegetables. The nutritional status of a woman during pregnancy is important as a suboptimal diet impacts negatively on the health of the mother, the foetus and the new-born. The review aimed to describe the dietary diversity and the nutritional status among pregnant women. Accord-ingly, lower dietary diversity score and undernutrition are highly considerable among women during pregnancy period. Socio- economic, morbidity and cultural factors influ-ence dietary diversity and also the nutritional status of pregnant women. It is important to promote and implement programmes aimed at improving dietary diversity and nutrition status among pregnant women in the Country.

Keywords: dietary diversity, food consumption trends, nutritional status, pregnant women

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Gesessew K.L. Associated Factors to Dietary Diversity and Nutritional Status of Pregnant Women. A Narrative Review. American Journal of Scientific Research and Essays, 2021 6:6.

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