Journal article

My baby body: A qualitative insight into women's body-related experiences and mood during pregnancy and the postpartum

Abigail Clark, Helen Skouteris, Eleanor H Wertheim, Susan J Paxton, Jeannette Milgrom

JOURNAL OF REPRODUCTIVE AND INFANT PSYCHOLOGY | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

An inductive qualitative approach was employed to explore women's experiences of their body and mood during pregnancy and the postpartum. In-depth interviews were conducted with 20 perinatal women (n at late pregnancy=10; n in the early postpartum period=10). While most of the sample reported adapting positively to body changes experienced during pregnancy, the postpartum period was often associated with body dissatisfaction. Women reported several events unique to pregnancy which helped them cope positively with bodily changes (e.g. increased perceived body functionality, new sense of meaning in life thus placing well-being of developing foetus above body aesthetics, perceptual experiences ..

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