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A Cross Sectional Study about Knowledge and Practices of Primigravida Women: Minor and Common Pregnancy Discomforts

Abstract

Background: In women’s life, there is a period called productivity, which is known as pregnancy. It needs specific and proper care from fertilization to postpartum period. A lot of women undergo some discomforts during their pregnancy time, even though these discomforts are not dangerous, still they can be bothersome. Aim: The present study was conducted to assess the knowledge and practices of primigravida women regarding minor discomforts of pregnancy. Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted at Obstetrics & Gynecology Outpatient Department (antenatal clinic) of Maternity & Children Hospital in Dammam city (MCH), Saudi Arabia from the beginning of March 2017 to the end of April 2017. Total of 82 primigravida women have been undergone in this study, who met the inclusion criteria were included from the previously mentioned setting over a period of two months. Results: The main result suggests that most of the mothers (59%) had good knowledge, 32% had excellent knowledge and only 2% of them had poor knowledge. This study also shows that the overall level of measures practiced by the primigravida women to relief their discomforts during pregnancy were with good practice score (47.0%). Conclusion: Primigrvida women show good level of knowledge scores and also good level of measures practiced by them to relief their discomforts during their pregnancy. However, the current study recommends further research to investigate the unsafe practices related to minor discomforts during pregnancy and its effect on the mother and fetus.

Aalyah Daghash Aldossary*, Sahar Ahmed Al Shamandy and Areej Abdulghani Haitham

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