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Table 2 Pregnancy and nutrition related characteristics of the study participants in Dessie town, northeastern Ethiopia, 2017 G.C, (N = 604)

From: Factors associated with dietary practice and nutritional status of pregnant women in Dessie town, northeastern Ethiopia: a community-based cross-sectional study

VariablesFrequencyPercentage
Stage of pregnancy
 First trimester13121.7
 Second trimester12520.7
 Third trimester34857.6
Have sources of nutrition information
 Yes44573.7
 No15926.3
Attend antenatal care
 Yes42770.7
 No17729.3
Take iron folic acid supplementation
 Yes41869.2
 No18630.8
Reasons for not taking iron/folic acid supplement
 Bad taste6210.3
 Ill complications274.5
 May harm child254.1
 Don’t know iron/folic acid supplements274.5
 Other reasons277.5
Frequency of iron/folic acid supplement intake
 Always30851.0
 Occasionally11018.2
Have good nutrition knowledge
 Yes41168.05
 No19331.95
Practice good hygiene and sanitation
 Yes42870.9
 No17629.1
Sick in past 2 weeks prior to date of survey
 Yes9315.4
 No51184.6