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Table 3 Dietary practices of pregnant women in Buno Bedele zone, south west Ethiopia, Aug, 2020 (n = 592)

From: Nutritional practice of pregnant women in Buno Bedele zone, Ethiopia: a community based cross-sectional study

Variable Category Freq Percent
Facing any cravings for items that you would normally not consume Yes 298 50.4
No 294 49.6
Avoiding any food or diet in the current pregnancy Yes 188 31.8
No 404 68.2
Reason of avoidance of any food or diet in the current pregnancy? Religion 101 17.1
Culture 179 30.2
Make the baby big 137 23.2
Makes delivery difficult 79 13.3
Dislike and discomfort 96 16.2
Current diet frequency per day 1–2 317 53.5
3–4 186 31.4
 > 5 89 15.1
Habits of eating snacks between meals during pregnancy Yes 274 46.3
No 318 53.7
Habits of eating more carbohydrate between meals during pregnancy Yes 149 25.1
No 443 74.9
Following your weight during pregnancy Yes 390 65.8
No 202 34.2
Overall dietary practices Good 185 31.2
Poor 407 68.8