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Background and objective : Eating behavior and weight gain in terms of pregnancy directly results in health status of pregnant women especially in the third trimester of infant. In cases of gestational diabetes mellitus or pregnancy induce hypertension, the dramatically weight gain which exceeds benchmark takes risk to disproportional dimension of cephalopelvic. Eating behavior program contributes the pregnant women who have underweight gain through normal weight gain.
Methods: It was Quasi-experimental research. The studied subjects were pregnant women with gestational age 27-29 weeks. They were divided into experimental and comparison groups. Each group consisted of 33 pregnant women. The experimental group acquired eating behavior programs. Meanwhile, the comparison group acquired normal care. The data were collected by pre-post questionnaire of experiment.
Results: In parts of knowledge, benefit and barrier perception, mean score of appropriate eating behavior during pregnancy in experimental group was significantly higher than comparison group (p< 0.05). In experimental group showed weight gain during pregnancy is 75.76% and higher than comparison group (39.39%) and Odd Ratios (OR) were 4.8 (p< .05, 95%CI 1.48-16.05)
Conclusion: Eating behavior programs during pregnancy constitutes normal weight gain ratio which is 4.8 comparing with normal care group.
Keywords : Eating Behavior Program for Pregnant Women, Weight gain during pregnancy, Pregnancy women
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