Background: Effortto improve the qualityof Indonesian humanone is setting the nutritional
status and health of pregnant women. Pregnant women need quality food, not excessive
and deficient. In addition toiron deficiency (Fe) problemthatis commonin pregnant women
is Chronic Energy Deficiency (CED). CED in pregnant women maybe influenced by the
amount of intake, type of food, frequency of feeding, feeding time, appetite, food
preferences, food taboos. Therefore, it is necessary to study the eating habits of pregnant
women for early detection of the CED.
Objective: This research study aims to know the eating habits of pregnant women in rural
districts salenrang Bontoa Maros.
Methods: This study is a descriptive study. Informants are pregnant women who live in
the Village CED, Salenrang District of Bontoa. Were selected by the snowball method
(snowboling). Type of food, frequency of feeding, feeding time, appetite, food preferences
and food taboos were collected by means of in-depth interviews using the voice notes
recorder. Processing and data analysis using methods of content analisys. This study
was conducted with four stages: analysis of EMIC, ethics, concepts, andprepositions.
Results: The results showed that the type of food that is often consumed by the informant
is the energy source of food stuffs (rice), protein (fish cook, eggs, and tofu), a source of
vitamins and minerals (white mustard green sandkale). Frequency of eating less
informant. Meal times first informant is uncertain. Reduced appetite informant. Food
preferences and food taboos during pregnancy there informant..
Suggestion: It is recommended that pregnant women eat foods according to their
nutritional needs are like staple foods, animal foods, plant foods, vegetables and fruit with
a frequency of 3 main meals and 2 snacks.
Keywords: Eating Habits, Pregnancy