Emotional state of primigravid women with pregnancy susceptible to prolongation

Ana Belén López Araque, Mª Dolores López Medina, Manuel Linares Abad


Objective. This study sought to know the perception of the
emotional state of women with pregnancy susceptible to
prolongation. Methodology. The research was conducted with
qualitative descriptive methodology, founded on in-depth
individual interviews of 7 gestants susceptible to prolongation,
with ages between 21 and 32 years and duration of the
pregnancy comprised between 40+5 and 41+4 weeks. Results.
The emotional state varies throughout the pregnancy; once the
probable date of delivery has passed, the emotional well-being is
altered by fear of pain during delivery, possible complications, and
caring for the newborn, presenting a state of nervousness due to
the imminent delivery. In addition, the women described the need
for the presence of a companion during and after the delivery.
Conclusion. Fear can affect negatively the subjective experience of
the pregnancy during its final phase, the delivery process, and the
transition to maternity in gestants with pregnancy susceptible to
prolongation. These women need support and specific education
from the midwife according to their individual needs.
Keywords: qualitative research; pregnancy; midwifery; emotions.

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