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Psychological predictors of gestational outcomes in second trimester pregnant women: associations with daily uplifts


Amiel Castro, Rita Tatiana; Ehlert, Ulrike; Dainese, Sara; Zimmerman, R; La Marca-Ghaemmaghami, Pearl (2020). Psychological predictors of gestational outcomes in second trimester pregnant women: associations with daily uplifts. Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 301(4):869-874.

Abstract

PURPOSE: We investigated whether pregnancy/birth anxiety is associated with shorter gestation while maternal chronic stress and depressive symptoms are associated with lower birth weight; we also examined whether experiencing daily uplifts prenatally may contribute to a more favorable birth outcome.

METHODS: Thirty-four healthy second trimester pregnant women responded to questions regarding their experience of pregnancy/birth anxiety, chronic stress, depressive symptoms, and daily uplifts. Information on birth outcome was obtained from medical records.

RESULTS: Maternal pregnancy/birth anxiety, depression, and stress were unrelated to birth outcomes. Daily uplifts were associated with gestational age at birth (B = 2.0, p = 0.01), neonatal weight (B = 46.9, p = 0.00), and size (B = 10.6, p = 0.01). Our results suggest that pregnancy/birth anxiety is not associated with shorter gestation as well as depression and stress seem to not predict lower birth weight.

CONCLUSION: We expand the literature by showing that experiencing daily uplifts during mid-gestation may further fetal development.

Abstract

PURPOSE: We investigated whether pregnancy/birth anxiety is associated with shorter gestation while maternal chronic stress and depressive symptoms are associated with lower birth weight; we also examined whether experiencing daily uplifts prenatally may contribute to a more favorable birth outcome.

METHODS: Thirty-four healthy second trimester pregnant women responded to questions regarding their experience of pregnancy/birth anxiety, chronic stress, depressive symptoms, and daily uplifts. Information on birth outcome was obtained from medical records.

RESULTS: Maternal pregnancy/birth anxiety, depression, and stress were unrelated to birth outcomes. Daily uplifts were associated with gestational age at birth (B = 2.0, p = 0.01), neonatal weight (B = 46.9, p = 0.00), and size (B = 10.6, p = 0.01). Our results suggest that pregnancy/birth anxiety is not associated with shorter gestation as well as depression and stress seem to not predict lower birth weight.

CONCLUSION: We expand the literature by showing that experiencing daily uplifts during mid-gestation may further fetal development.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Obstetrics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Obstetrics and Gynecology
Language:English
Date:1 April 2020
Deposited On:24 Mar 2020 12:59
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 14:56
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0932-0067
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00404-020-05506-5
PubMed ID:32200420

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