Original Research Article
Year: 2018 | Month: March | Volume: 8 | Issue: 3 | Pages: 193-198
Assess the Attitude of Women Regarding Body Image during Pregnancy and Post Partum Period
Amandeep Kaur1, Nidhi Sagar2, Mamta3
1Post Graduate, 2Professor, 3Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Nursing,
DMCH College of Nursing, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Corresponding Author: Amandeep Kaur
Background: Motherhood is a beautiful process, where by mothers safely delivers a child. It is the magic of creation. The process of giving birth is both joyous and beautiful experience on earth. Many women find it difficult to deal with all the different changes taking place in their bodies. Satisfaction with body image of a woman is important because it is one of the factors that determine her physical and mental well being. A negative body image can lead to many health problems like obesity, eating disorders and depression etc.
Methods: A descriptive design was used with convenience sampling technique. The sample for study consisted of 60 post partum women from Rural Health Centre, Pohir & Urban area (Shimlapuri) Ludhiana. Modified Body Attitude Questionnaire (Ben -Tovim Walker, 1991) was used to assess the attitude of women regarding body image during pregnancy and post partum period. Data was collected by self-report (interview) method.
Results: Findings of the study revealed that majority of the women had mean age of 27.83 ± 0.98, elementary education, non working, vegetarian and belonged to upper lower class. More than half of the women (63.3%) had negative attitude regarding body image and (36.7%) of the women had positive attitude regarding body image. Occupation, BMI, planned pregnancy and currently breast feeding status had significant impact (p<0.05) on the attitude of women regarding body image during pregnancy and post partum period.
Conclusion: Majority of the women had negative attitude regarding body image during pregnancy and post partum period.
Key words: Attitude, Body image, Pregnancy, Post partum period.