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Nutritional knowledge, dietary practice, nutritional status of pregnant women attending Turai hospital, Katsina

 Department: Nutrition and Dietetics  
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 Project ID: 6901
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This study focuses on assessing the nutritional knowledge, dietary practices, and nutritional status of pregnant women attending Turai Hospital in Katsina. The objective is to establish the relationship between nutritional knowledge, dietary practices, morbidity, and the nutritional status of the women, with the aim of improving birth outcomes. The survey research method was employed, involving 146 participants. The study reveals that the majority of the respondents were married, accounting for 57.5% of the sample. Their nutritional knowledge was found to be moderate, and this knowledge was significantly associated with their level of education, occupation, and income. This suggests that higher levels of nutritional knowledge are linked to better food choices. Additionally, most pregnant women were found to have a normal weight based on mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) measurements, with 62.3% falling within this category. The results indicate that possessing both knowledge and a good income is important for maintaining nutritional status during pregnancy. While formal education contributes to nutritional knowledge, the study emphasizes the significance of knowledge obtained through antenatal care sessions. It concludes that dietary practices among pregnant women are influenced by maternal knowledge, and sociodemographic factors such as education level, income, and occupation play a role in nutritional knowledge. The study underscores the high nutrient requirements of pregnant women and their impact on birth outcomes if not met. To address these issues, it suggests improving nutrition interventions among pregnant women by focusing on financial empowerment through sustainable income generation activities and savings strategies. Furthermore, raising awareness on all aspects of nutrition is deemed essential. In summary, this research highlights the importance of nutritional knowledge, dietary practices, and nutritional status among pregnant women. It emphasizes the need to enhance nutrition interventions, empower women financially, and increase awareness regarding proper nutrition during pregnancy....
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