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Food supplements intake in pregnancy

Lucija Malovrh Žontar (2021) Food supplements intake in pregnancy. MSc thesis.

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    With food we receive all the essential nutrients for proper functioning of body. During pregnancy, adequate intake of nutrients is very important, as the developing baby draws nutrients through his mother. Due to insufficient knowledge of the importance of nutrition, the availability of various foods, socio-economic status, etc., difficulties in achieving recommended nutrient intake occur among women. Insufficient nutrient intake can be substituted with dietary supplements. The purpose of this master's thesis was to determine the attitude of pregnant women towards dietary supplements and how often they consumed them during pregnancy. Quantitative research method with questionnaire was conducted in the research part of this thesis. The sample consisted of 221 women who were pregnant at the time of research or had given birth in the last year. The analysis of the results showed, that pregnant women know the importance of dietary supplements as an adjunct to a normal diet rather than a substitute for a balanced diet. Pregnant women with higher education are more aware of that. 85,4 % of respondents used dietary supplements during their pregnancy. Research showed that those with higher education used them more often. Respondents who don't use dietary supplements most often indicated that they did not need them. However, respondents who chose to use dietary supplements most often consumed them out of desire to benefit child's health. During pregnancy and during planning the pregnancy, most of respondents consumed folic acid. It was more often consumed by the older women and those with first pregnancy. Based on the results obtained in my research, I can conclude that most pregnant women start taking dietary supplements when they find out about their pregnancy. Given results also showed, it would be recommended raising young women awareness about the importance of a balanced diet and the safe use of dietary supplements especially about use of folic acid before conception.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: pregnant women, pregnancy, nutrition of pregnant women, dietary supplements, folic acid
    Number of Pages: 56
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Stojan KostanjevecMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/56967939
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 6660
    Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 13:26
    Last Modified: 24 Mar 2021 13:26
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/6660

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