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Table 4 Distribution of participants’ responses about knowledge (N = 330)

From: Prevalence of iron and folic acid supplements consumption and associated factors among pregnant women in Eswatini: a multicenter cross-sectional study

  Total Iron consumption Folate consumption
Variables n (%) Good (n = 22) Poor (n = 308) Good (n = 26) Poor (n = 304)
A list of three food items that are a good source of iron.
  All three responses correct 91 (27.6) 10 (45.5) 81 (26.3) 11 (42.3) 80 (26.3)
  Only two correct responses 112 (33.9) 9 (40.9) 103 (33.4) 10 (38.5) 102 (33.6)
  Only one correct response 91 (27.6) 2 (9.1) 89 (28.9) 4 (15.4) 87 (28.6)
  No correct response 36 (10.9) 1 (4.5) 35 (11.4) 1 (3.8) 35 (11.5)
A list of three food items that are a good source of folate.
  All three responses correct 36 (10.9) 4 (18.2) 32 (10.4) 5 (19.2) 31 (10.2)
  Only two correct responses 43 (13.0) 3 (13.6) 40 (13.0) 4 (15.4) 39 (12.8)
  Only one correct response 186 (56.4) 11 (50.0) 175 (56.8) 13 (50.0) 173 (56.9)
  No correct response 65 (19.7) 4 (18.2) 61 (19.8) 4 (15.4) 61 (20.1)
When should a pregnant woman start consuming IFA supplements?
  Correct response 118 (35.8) 16 (72.7) 102 (33.1) 18 (69.2) 100 (67.1)
  Incorrect response 212 (64.2) 6 (27.3) 206 (66.9) 8 (30.8) 204 (32.9)
A list of three benefits of consuming IFA supplements during pregnancy.
  All three responses correct 34 (10.3) 9 (40.9) 25 (8.1) 8 (30.8) 26 (8.6)
  Only two correct responses 92 (27.9) 5 (22.7) 87 (28.2) 9 (34.6) 83 (27.3)
  Only one correct response 146 (44.2) 6 (27.3) 140 (45.5) 7 (26.9) 139 (45.7)
  No correct response 58 (17.6) 2 (9.1) 56 (18.2) 2 (7.7) 56 (18.4)
A list of three consequences of not consuming IFA supplements during pregnancy
  All three responses correct 19 (5.8) 8 (36.4) 11 (3.6) 7 (26.9) 12 (3.9)
  Only two responses correct 52 (15.8) 6 (27.3) 46 (14.9) 7 (26.9) 45 (14.8)
  Only one correct response 185 (56.1) 7 (31.8) 178 (57.8) 11 (42.3) 174 (57.2)
  No correct response 74 (22.4) 1 (4.5) 73 (23.7) 1 (3.8) 73 (24.0)
Knowledge scores; Mean (SD) 5.65 (2.91)
  1. Score range: 1–13. A higher score indicates better knowledge. IFA iron and folic acid supplements; SD standard deviation