Journal article

Maternal Physical Health Symptoms in the First 8 Weeks Postpartum Among Primiparous Australian Women

Amanda R Cooklin, Lisa H Amir, Jennifer Jarman, Meabh Cullinane, Susan M Donath



BACKGROUND: To describe prospectively the extent, onset, and persistence of maternal physical health symptoms (cesarean delivery pain, perineal pain, back pain, constipation, hemorrhoids, urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, and fatigue) in the first 8 weeks postpartum. METHODS: A prospective cohort of 229 primiparous women was recruited antenatally from a public and a private maternity hospital, Melbourne, Australia, between 2009 and 2011. Data were collected by self-report questionnaires at weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, and 8. Main outcome measures were a checklist of maternal health symptoms and a standardized assessment of fatigue symptoms. RESULTS: Birth-related pain was common at week 1 (n = ..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank all women who participated in the study and provided data here. The CASTLE study team comprises Lisa H. Amir, Susan M. Donath, Suzanne M. Garland, Sepehr N. Tabrizi, Catherine M. Bennett, Meabh Cullinane, and Matthew S. Payne. CASTLE was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant (2009-2011, Grant Number 541907). Amanda Cooklin was supported through the Roberta Holmes Transition to Contemporary Parenthood Program. The authors thank Cattram Nguyen, La Trobe University, for her support with the Tables and Figure included here.