Dietary Patterns of Kashmiri Muslim Women during Pregnancy: An Exploratory Study

This study explores the dietary patterns of Kashmiri Muslim women during pregnancy. In Kashmir, food culture is deeply rooted in tradition, and food choices are governed by religious and cultural beliefs. A balanced and nutrient-rich diet is essential for a healthy pregnancy, and inadequate nutrition can affect foetal development and postpartum health. Therefore, it is important to understand the dietary habits of pregnant women in Kashmir to improve maternal and child health outcomes. Conclusion: The study findings suggest that the dietary patterns of Kashmiri Muslim women during pregnancy are influenced by cultural and religious beliefs. Despite some nutrient deficiencies, the overall dietary quality is good, and the consumption of nutrient-rich foods such as fruits and dairy products is high. These results can inform the development of culturally appropriate nutrition interventions to improve maternal and child health outcomes in Kashmir.