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The Association between Pregnancy-specific Anxiety and Preterm Birth: a cohort study

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dc.contributor.author Khalesi, Zahra Bostani
dc.contributor.author Bokaie, Mahshid
dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-12T12:36:24Z
dc.date.available 2018-09-12T12:36:24Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Khalesi ZB, Bokaie M. The association between pregnancy-specific anxiety and preterm birth: a cohort study. Afri Health Sci. 2018;18(3): 569-575. https://dx.doi.org/10.4314/ahs.v18i3.14 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://awdflibrary.org:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/673
dc.description.abstract Background: Antenatal anxiety may have long-term negative effects on pregnancy outcome. Antenatal anxiety can also be detrimental to maternal health during pregnancy. Therefore, this study aimed to determine the association between pregnancy-specific anxiety and preterm birth in pregnant women. Methods: This prospective cohort study was conducted on 208 pregnant women who were referred to the prenatal clinic of Al-Zahra hospital in Rasht. Sampling was conducted through convenient (simple) method. Data gathering tools were a demographic characteristics questionnaire and pregnancy-specific anxiety scale. The data were analyzed using SPSS version 19. General Linear Model (GLM)-Repeated Measures test were used to study variations in anxiety along pregnancy period and tested levels of significance among inter-trimester anxiety scores. Results: Results of the study showed that change in pregnancy-specific anxiety is significantly associated with preterm birth among participants in this study. Second trimester pregnancy-specific anxiety was not associated with preterm birth, but third trimester pregnancy-specific anxiety was associated with preterm birth. Conclusion: According to the results of this study, third trimester pregnancy-specific anxiety was associated with preterm birth. Therefore, the health care providers should pay special attention to pregnancy-specific anxiety. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries African Health Sciences;Vol 18 Issue 3,
dc.subject Pregnancy-specific anxiety en_US
dc.subject Preterm birth en_US
dc.subject Pregnancy outcomes en_US
dc.subject Data gathering en_US
dc.subject Pregnant Women en_US
dc.subject Antenatal anxiety en_US
dc.title The Association between Pregnancy-specific Anxiety and Preterm Birth: a cohort study en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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