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Prevalence of food taboo during pregnancy in Ethiopia: A systematic review and meta-analysis

PUBLISHED March 12, 2024 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2403p6872755)



Shiferaw Gelchu1
  1. Ph.Dstudent

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3rd Round International Conference at Bule Hora University, May 2023 (Virtual)

Poster summary

Food taboos are one of the harmful cultural practices that affect women and fetal health during pregnancy. It is the restriction of specific food types as a result of cultural, religious norms, or traditional beliefs which mainly happens during pregnancy. WHO report of 2018 indicated, for many pregnant women food taboo was the main cause of nutritional deficiencies. Evidence shows that food taboos linked with African cultures that nutritional valuable foods; chief sources of Carbohydrates, proteins, minerals, and vitamins prohibited during pregnancy. In Ethiopia, there is scarce pooled data regarding food taboos during pregnancy. Thus, the focus of this study is to fill the gap.


Food taboos, Pregnancy, Women

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The datasets generated during and / or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
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Copyright © 2024 Gelchu. This is an open access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Gelchu, S. Prevalence of food taboo during pregnancy in Ethiopia: A systematic review and meta-analysis [not peer reviewed]. Peeref 2024 (poster).
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