Identifying pregnant women who would adhere to food taboos in a rural community: a community-based study

  • Olurinde A Oni
  • Jamilu Tukur


Poor maternal nutrition, especially in rural settings, adversely affects pregnancy and birth outcomes. In many local communities, pregnant women have food taboos with consequent depletion of vital nutrients. To facilitate early identification and prompt counseling, this study aimed at describing pregnant women who are likely to keep food taboos. Data was collected from 405 pregnant women that attended antenatal care at health facilities in Saki East Local Government of Oyo state, Nigeria. Sociodemographic characteristics of the women were described using means and proportions. Using logistic regression analysis, maternal characteristics significantly associated with adherence to food taboos were identified. The data was analysed using SAS 9.2. Factors associated with food taboos were teen age, primigravidity, low body mass index, lack of formal education, and low monthly family income. Health workers should have a high index of suspicion for food taboos among pregnant women with the identified risk factors.

(Afr J Reprod Health 2012; 16[3]: 67-75).

Author Biographies

Olurinde A Oni
College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Department of Epidemiology, Tulane University, USA
Jamilu Tukur
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

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eISSN: 1118-4841