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BAIAO, Mirian Ribeiro  and  DESLANDES, Suely Ferreira. Pregnancy and eating behavior in pregnant women from a low-income neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2008, vol.24, n.11, pp.2633-2642. ISSN 1678-4464.

The aim of this study was to understand the meanings of acceptance attributed to pregnancy and their influence on the eating behavior of pregnant women attending a health unit located in a low-income neighborhood in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The methodology involved a qualitative approach with social representations as the analytical category. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with adolescent and adult pregnant women (primiparous or multiparous) in different stages of pregnancy. Discourse analysis drew on in-depth hermeneutics, using thematic analysis as the main technical resource. Two representational categories emerged from the set of discourses, namely accepting versus not accepting the pregnancy, which involved different eating behaviors. In the former, women tended to either eat adequately or overeat. For the latter, not accepting the pregnancy was associated with denial of eating, temporarily or throughout the pregnancy.

Keywords : Pregnancy; Feeding Behavior; Qualitative Research.

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