The meaning of body image experiences during the perinatal period: A systematic review of the qualitative literature

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Watson, Brittany Elise, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew, Broadbent, Jaclyn and Skouteris, Helen. (2015). The meaning of body image experiences during the perinatal period: A systematic review of the qualitative literature. Body Image. 14, pp. 102 - 113. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2015.04.005
AuthorsWatson, Brittany Elise, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew, Broadbent, Jaclyn and Skouteris, Helen
Abstract

Literature reporting body image disturbances across the perinatal period has produced inconsistent findings, owing to the complexity of body image experiences during pregnancy and the first year postpartum. Existing qualitative data might provide potential avenues to advance understanding of pregnancy-related body image experiences and guide future quantitative research. The present systematic review synthesised the findings of 10 qualitative studies exploring the body image experiences of women through the perinatal period, albeit the majority focused only on pregnancy. Themes emerging included malleability of body image ideals across pregnancy (including the shift from aesthetic to functional concerns about one's appearance), the salience of stomach and breasts for self-rated body satisfaction, and perceived pressure to limit weight gain across pregnancy in order to return quickly to pre-pregnancy figure following birth. These qualitative findings suggest greater complexity of body image experiences during perinatal period than can be captured by typically used self-report measures.

Keywordsbody image; pregnancy; postpartum; perinatal
Year2015
JournalBody Image
Journal citation14, pp. 102 - 113
PublisherElsevier
ISSN1740-1445
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2015.04.005
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84938514016
Page range102 - 113
Research GroupInstitute for Health and Ageing
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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