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Year 2023 - Volume 33 - Issue 1

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ORIGINAL RESEARCH
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Pregnancy-Related Anxiety and Prenatal Attachment in Pregnant Women with Preeclampsia and/or Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: A Cross-Sectional Study

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JCOG. 2023;33(1):27-35
DOI: 10.5336/jcog.2022-93264
Article Language: EN
Copyright Ⓒ 2020 by Türkiye Klinikleri. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/)
ABSTRACT
Objective: Health problems experienced during pregnancy may increase anxiety level during pregnancy and affect motherbaby attachment. The present study aimed to compare pregnancy-related anxiety and prenatal attachment levels between low-risk pregnant women and pregnant women with preeclampsia and/or gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Material and Methods: One hundred fifty women were recruited in this cross-sectional descriptive study (55 preeclampsia and/or GDM, 95 low-risk) pregnant women. Data were collected using descriptive data form, Pregnancy-Related Anxiety Questionnaire-Revised-2 (PRAQ-R2), and Prenatal Attachment Scale (PAS). Results: Prenatal attachment scores of the working pregnant women in the low-risk group were higher than those in the non-working pregnant women (p0.05). Conclusion: In line with the study results, it was found that low-risk and working pregnant women had higher prenatal attachment levels. Levels of prenatal attachment were higher in primiparous pregnant women in the high-risk group. As pregnancyrelated anxiety levels of high-risk and healthy pregnant women increased, concern about one's own appearance scores increased. Therefore, reducing anxiety levels of pregnant women during pregnancy may be an effective intervention in reducing concerns about their appearance.
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