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Traditional postpartum practices and food consuming among women in rural Thailand.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences.
2007 (English)In: Journal of public health, ISSN 0125-1678, Vol. 37, no 3, 178-190 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although the development in advanced medical and public health services has provided both proactive and passive postpartum care in the rural areas, the traditional practices are still influential. The objective of this study was to investigate the traditional practices and food consuming for Thai postpartum women in the rural areas. The descriptive study used both the quantitative and qualitative methods. A purposive sampling was voluntary. Thai postpartum women attending postpartum clinic during a six-week period at one community hospital in Thailand. Forty-five women participated by answering the questionnaire and 15 women participated through in-depth interview. Audiotapes were transcribed verbatim. Qualitative content analysis of the transcripts was used to elicit themes. Findings of this study showed that most women avoided heavy household duties, heavy physical activities, and traveling long distance, but stayed home and rested. Many women had hot drinks, wore closed dresses, and stayed away from rain, wind, and cold. About half women (48.9%) had exercise. For diet, all postpartum women ate protein from fish. Some women considered pork maw, buffalo meat, beef, and internal organs, respectively to be harmful. Almost all women (97.8%) ate fresh vegetable but some women (55.6%) considered bamboo shoots to be harmful. Many women (91.1%) ate fruit, such as oranges, but some women (64.4%) considered durian to be harmful. Many women (71.1%) also considered spicy food to be harmful. The reasons for postpartum practicing and proper diet were performed for their own health and baby’s health. Traditional beliefs still influence the daily activities and food consuming during postpartum period among Thai women. Community health nurses could help relieve the knowledge deficit for postpartum care that would be helpful for both mother and baby’s health.


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2007. Vol. 37, no 3, 178-190 p.
Keyword [en]
Traditional practices, food consuming, Thai postpartum, rural areas
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-125184OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-125184DiVA: diva2:318707
Available from: 2010-05-10 Created: 2010-05-10 Last updated: 2010-05-18Bibliographically approved

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