Prenatal attachment and it´s association with fetal movement during pregnancy: A population based survey
(English)In: Women and Birth, ISSN 1871-5192, E-ISSN 1878-1799Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Objective: to investigate the association between the magnitude of fetal movements and level of prenatal attachment within a 24 hour 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 fetal movements per 24 hours 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 as compared with other time periods in the 24 hour period. More than half of the respondents (55%) stated that they perceived frequent fetal movement on two occasions during a 24 hour period, while almost a fifth (18%) never or only once reported frequent fetal movement in a 24 hour period. Just over a quarter (26%) of respondents perceived frequent movement at least three times during a 24 hour period. Perceiving frequent fetal movements on three or more occasions during a 24 hour period in the third trimester, was associated with higher scores of prenatal attachment in all the three subscales on the PAI-R; “Anticipation”, “Differentiation” and “Interaction”. Key conclusion: Perceiving frequent fetal movements at least during three occasions per 24 hours periods in late pregnancy was associated with prenatal attachment. Implications for practice: encouraging women to focus on fetal movements may positively affect prenatal attachment, especially among multiparous women > 35 years.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Fetal movements, PAI-R, Pregnancy, Prenatal attachment
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-271162OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-271162DiVA: diva2:891296