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Prenatal attachment and its association with foetal movement during pregnancy – A population based survey

Malm, Mari Cristin; Hildingsson, Ingegerd; Rubertsson, Christine LU ; Rådestad, Ingela and Lindgren, Helena (2016) In Women and Birth 29(6). p.482-486
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Objective To investigate the association between the magnitude of foetal movements and level of prenatal attachment within a 24 h period among women in the third trimester of pregnancy. Design a prospective population-based survey. Setting A county in central Sweden. Participants Low risk pregnant women from 34 to 42 weeks gestation, N = 456, 299 multiparous and 157 primiparous women. Measurements The revised version of the Prenatal Attachment Inventory (PAI-R) and assessment of the perception of foetal movements per 24 h in the current gestational week. Findings A total of 81 per cent of the eligible women completed the questionnaire. The overall sample of women found that the majority (96%) felt their baby move mostly in the evening.... (More)

Objective To investigate the association between the magnitude of foetal movements and level of prenatal attachment within a 24 h period among women in the third trimester of pregnancy. Design a prospective population-based survey. Setting A county in central Sweden. Participants Low risk pregnant women from 34 to 42 weeks gestation, N = 456, 299 multiparous and 157 primiparous women. Measurements The revised version of the Prenatal Attachment Inventory (PAI-R) and assessment of the perception of foetal movements per 24 h in the current gestational week. Findings A total of 81 per cent of the eligible women completed the questionnaire. The overall sample of women found that the majority (96%) felt their baby move mostly in the evening. More than half of the respondents (55%) stated that they perceived frequent foetal movement on two occasions during a 24 h period, while almost a fifth (18%) never or only once reported frequent foetal movement in a 24 h period. Just over a quarter (26%) of respondents perceived frequent movement at least three times during a 24 h period. Perceiving frequent foetal movements on three or more occasions during a 24 h period, was associated with higher scores of prenatal attachment in all the three subscales. Key conclusion: Perceiving frequent foetal movements at least during three occasions per 24 h periods in late pregnancy was associated with prenatal attachment. Implications for practice: encouraging women to focus on foetal movements may positively affect prenatal attachment, especially among multiparous women >35 years.

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Foetal movements, Midwifery, PAI-R, Pregnancy, Prenatal attachment
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Women and Birth
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29
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5 pages
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Elsevier
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1871-5192
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10.1016/j.wombi.2016.04.005
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  author       = {Malm, Mari Cristin and Hildingsson, Ingegerd and Rubertsson, Christine and Rådestad, Ingela and Lindgren, Helena},
  issn         = {1871-5192},
  keyword      = {Foetal movements,Midwifery,PAI-R,Pregnancy,Prenatal attachment},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {12},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {482--486},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Women and Birth},
  title        = {Prenatal attachment and its association with foetal movement during pregnancy – A population based survey},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2016.04.005},
  volume       = {29},
  year         = {2016},
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