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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 9-13

A study of maternal dietary intake during pregnancy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1 Department of Community Health Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Community Health Sciences Prince Salman Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Ibrahim A Bani
Department of Family & Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Jazan University, P.O. Box 114, Jazan
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 23012137

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Objective : This study was carried out to evaluate the dietary nutrient intake of pregnant women. The relationship between dietary intake and pregnancy outcome was also studied. Method: A total of 114 pregnant women were studied, using systematic random sampling. Results : The percentages of the mean nutrient intake below the recommended dietary allowances (RDA) for pregnant women were as the follows: 51.8%, 93.9%, 82.5% and 98.2% for energy, vitamin B1, calcium and iron, respectively. Moreover, 13.2% of the women experienced some form of pica. Using height and mid-arm circumferences, about 2.8% and 4.4% were seen to be undernourished respectively. Conclusion: Saudi pregnant women need guidance in selecting nutrient dense foods to reduce maternal and outcome health hazards.

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