A descriptive study to assess the prevalence of stress and anxiety among antenatal mothers
Author(s):
A.Jalajarani, Dr.M.Gandhimathi, Dr.V.R.Selvaambigai
Keywords:
Pregnancy, Stress, Anxiety
Abstract
Pregnancy and childbirth involves mixed emotions, where the mother is filled with the happiness of having a baby but also has apprehension about the process of childbirth.Stress during pregnancy is defined as the imbalance that a pregnant woman feels when she cannot deal with demands and worries.Worldwide, stress is a very common mental health problem among women during their time of pregnancy.Pregnancy-related anxiety (PRA) has been strongly linked to preterm births, pregnancy complications and negative infant outcomes. So the present study aimed to assess the prevalence of stress and anxiety among antenatal mothers.A total of 150 antenatal mothers who attended antenatal OPD were selected by using convenience sampling technique. Stress was assessed by Pregnancy Stress Rating Scale (PSRS,1986) and Anxiety was assessed by Prenatal anxiety scale (PrAS,1983).Results revealed that 48% of antenatal mothers had severe level of stress,38.6% had moderate level of stress and 13.3% had mild level of stress. In case of pregnancy related anxiety ,61% of antenatal mothers had severe anxiety,32% had moderate anxiety and 7% had mild anxiety.
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Unique Paper ID: 157510

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 7

Page(s): 427 - 430
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