Adaptation to pregnancy and motherhood among subfecund and fecund primiparous women.

L. J. Halman, D. Oakley, R. Lederman

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OBJECTIVE. To examine the effects of infertility treatment on women's ability to adapt to pregnancy and motherhood. METHODS. Fecund (n = 261) and subfecund (n = 103) primiparous women receiving obstetrical care in southeastern Michigan participated in this descriptive, correlational, prospective study. The subjects completed Lederman's Pre-Natal Self-Evaluation questionnaire during the third trimester of pregnancy and Lederman's Postpartum Self-Evaluation questionnaire during the first postpartum appointment. FINDINGS. Mean scores showed that the two groups of women were not significantly different with either adaptation to pregnancy or motherhood. CONCLUSIONS & IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING. Although subfecund women may experience stress in order to achieve a pregnancy, there do not appear to be any latent effects of this stress on their ability to adapt to pregnancy or motherhood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-100
Number of pages11
JournalMaternal-child nursing journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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