Acceptance of Pregnancy



In a broad sense, acceptance of pregnancy refers to a woman’s adaptive responses to the changes inherent in prenatal growth and development. Data presented in Chapter 1 suggest that acceptance of pregnancy is associated with the gravida’s adaptation to and her gratification with being pregnant. The results further indicate that the gravida is less prepared for childbirth and motherhood when acceptance of the pregnancy is low, and she is more likely to have conflicts and fears concerning labor, and to have a longer duration of labor. Anxiety about acceptance of pregnancy also was related to greater Intrapartum Complications and lower Gestational Age at Birth. Recent data from the National Survey of Family Growth show that half (49%) of all US pregnancies are unplanned (Finer & Henshaw, 2006), a factor in acceptance of pregnancy that may substantially contribute to the findings noted above.


Body Dissatisfaction Marital Satisfaction Postpartum Depression Unplanned Pregnancy Fetal Movement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TexasGalvestonUSA
  2. 2.United States Air Force School of Aerospace MedicineBrooks-City BaseUSA

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