Table 2

Concepts about pregnancy and care


Cultural framework

Knowledge about pregnancy

Best age for pregnancy

Saudi Arabia

Strong Muslim religious values

Based on religious values

Between 18–19 years old


Blend of pragmatic and Catholic religious values

Empirically based on personal or family experiences

Between 20–25 years old


Dominance of pragmatic values

Reproducing technical discourse of health providers

Around 25 years old


Strong traditional values

Based on traditional values

Around 20 years old

Nigenda et al. BMC Public Health 2003 3:17   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-3-17

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