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Arfaie K, Nahidi F. Understanding mothers perception of psychological challenges in pregnancy: a qualitative study. Payesh 2021; 20 (3) :323-332
1- School of Nursing and Midwifery, Semnan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Semnan, Iran
2- School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Abstract:   (1211 Views)
Objective (s): Pregnancy is a distinct period in the women's life, which involves extensive changes, especially in the psychological aspects, which are sometimes out of control and lead to different damages to the health and well-being of mother and child. However, despite the importance of this issue, little information is available in this regard. Thus the purpose of the study was to better understand the psychological challenges of pregnancy.
Methods: This was a qualitative study with a conventional content analysis approach that conducted in 2017. Data was collected from in-depth semi-structured individual interviews. The participants were pregnant women who were referred to health care services in Tehran. After 28 interviews, the data saturation achieved and finally the available data were analyzed with Maxqda 10 software.
Results: Mothers from different social back grounds, educational levels and aged 18-41 years old, participated in the study. The analysis indicated 4 categories (fear of loss, negative body image, depression and lake of mental control) were explored as mothers’ psychology challenges in pregnancy.
Conclusion: Maternal health care providers should reduce maternal anxiety by providing a comprehensive health-oriented program and education about the dimensions and reversibility of pregnancy events.
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type of study: Descriptive |
Received: 2021/02/15 | Accepted: 2021/05/12 | ePublished ahead of print: 2021/06/28 | Published: 2021/07/3

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