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Rwanda Medical Journal
Rwanda Health Communication Center - Rwanda Biomedical Center (RHCC - RBC)
ISSN: 2079-097X
EISSN: 2079-097X
Vol. 76, No. 1, 2019, pp. 1-6
Bioline Code: rw19004
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Rwanda Medical Journal, Vol. 76, No. 1, 2019, pp. 1-6

 en Behavior modifying myths practices and effect on health seeking behavior among pregnant Yoruba women, south western Nigeria – a cross-sectional study.
Aworinde, O. O; Olufemi-Aworinde, K. J.; Awotunde, O. T. & Adeniji, A. O.


INTRODUCTION: Cultural practices and beliefs influence and underpin the behavior of women during pregnancy and childbirth; this behavioral change could influence the health-seeking behavior as well as the outcome of pregnancy.
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to determine the behavior modifying myths among pregnant Yoruba women and their sources.
METHODS: This descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out among 250 pregnant Yoruba women attending the antenatal clinics of Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso. A structured, interviewer-administered questionnaire was undertaken. Consent was sought verbally.
RESULTS: The age of the respondents ranged from 15-45 years with a mean age of 27 years (±3.5). Most of the women were married n=239 (95.6%) and primarily Christian n=184 (73.6%). 127 (50.8%) of the women had a tertiary education while only 13 (5.2%) had no formal education. 41 (16.3%) of the respondents being primigravida. Six myths were identified with food taboos being the most common. These were being practiced by 61.2% of the respondents. The reasons given for modifying their behavior varied from warding off ghosts to the delivery of a well-formed child. The most frequent source of information were their relatives (42.4%).
CONCLUSION: The practice of the myths was neither influenced by educational status nor religion. The majority of these practices do not have a deleterious effect and did not influence health-seeking behavior or outcome of pregnancy based on the reasons adduced for the practice.

Behavior; Myth; Pregnancy; Nigeria

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