Study on Superstitions Related to Pregnancy

Authors

  • Zinia Sultana Classified Specialist, Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Liza Chowdhury Professor & Head, Department Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Nahid Reaz Shapla Classified Specialist, Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jninb.v5i2.43025

Keywords:

Nutrition; pregnant women; food taboos; traditional beliefs

Abstract

Background: During pregnancy, there are many superstitions throughout the world, especially in the developing countries like Bangladesh.

Objective: This study was aimed to know the status of superstitions related to pregnancy among people.

Methodology: This descriptive type of cross-sectional study was conducted in the outpatient of department in Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh from January 2018 to March 2018 for a period of three months. Total 96 persons were recruited after taking verbal consent.

Result: Among the study group having at least one superstition was in 69.8% of total participants showing in figure 1. In 25 to 40 years of age group the superstitions were more common and it was 85.0% showing in table1. On the educational background, illiterate group having more superstitions 81.13%, primary education group 65.21%, SSC 50% and above SSC 33.33% showing in table 3. On the basis of gender, male (58.233%) and Female (71.42%) were superstitious in at least one superstition. On the basis of socioeconomic status, lower class 92.72%, lower middle class 54.54% and middle class 21.05% were superstitious in at least one superstition. On the basis of occupation, housewives (89.90%), students (16,66%), service holder(30%) and farmer(50%) having at least one superstitious. On the basis of religion; the superstitious individuals were Muslim 59%, Hindu 97%, and others 67.16%.

Conclusion: Superstitions related to pregnancy are very common in Bangladesh. Superstitious are more related to illiteracy, low socioeconomic condition and with house wives who remain inside.

Journal of National Institute of Neurosciences Bangladesh, 2019;5(2): 172-176

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.
Abstract
1381
PDF
667

Downloads

Published

2019-09-07

How to Cite

Sultana, Z., Chowdhury, L., & Shapla, N. R. (2019). Study on Superstitions Related to Pregnancy. Journal of National Institute of Neurosciences Bangladesh, 5(2), 172–176. https://doi.org/10.3329/jninb.v5i2.43025

Issue

Section

Original Research Articles