Mothers’ worries during pregnancy : A content analysis of reddit posts

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Pilkington, Pamela and Bedford-Dyer, Isabella. (2021). Mothers’ worries during pregnancy : A content analysis of reddit posts. The Journal of Perinatal Education. 30(2), pp. 98-107. https://doi.org/10.1891/J-PE-D-20-00018
AuthorsPilkington, Pamela and Bedford-Dyer, Isabella
Abstract

Qualitative investigations into maternal worries during pregnancy are limited. The aim of this study was to identify the content of women's pregnancy-related worries by completing a content analysis of posts on Reddit. A total of 217 posts by 196 unique users were analyzed. Most worries related to infant factors (32.6%), individual factors (27.1%), and antenatal care factors, such as medical procedures (25.2%). The remaining worries related to situational factors (10.9%) and the partner relationship (4.3%). Although most fears related to fetal well-being, other concerns included problems with family members, women's own mental health, and not being a “good mother.” These findings support calls for antenatal education to more adequately address women's psychosocial concerns.

Keywordsmothers; antenatal education; fears; anxiety; pregnancy
Year2021
JournalThe Journal of Perinatal Education
Journal citation30 (2), pp. 98-107
PublisherSpringer
ISSN1058-1243
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1891/J-PE-D-20-00018
PubMed ID33897234
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85104639111
PubMed Central IDPMC8061722
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