How well do women adapt to changes in their body size and shape across the course of pregnancy

Duncombe, Dianne, Wertheim, Eleanor H., Skouteris, Helen, Paxton, Susan J. and Kelly, Leanne 2008, How well do women adapt to changes in their body size and shape across the course of pregnancy, Journal of health psychology, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 503-515, doi: 10.1177/1359105308088521.

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Title How well do women adapt to changes in their body size and shape across the course of pregnancy
Author(s) Duncombe, Dianne
Wertheim, Eleanor H.
Skouteris, Helen
Paxton, Susan J.
Kelly, Leanne
Journal name Journal of health psychology
Volume number 13
Issue number 4
Start page 503
End page 515
Total pages 13
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2008-05
ISSN 1359-1053
Keyword(s) body dissatisfaction
body image
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Summary This study examined body image across pregnancy. Pregnant women ( N = 158) completed measures of general attractiveness, feeling fat, fitness and strength, salience of weight and shape, and ideal and current body size at pre-pregnancy (retrospective), and in early, middle and late pregnancy. Body image was found to be fairly stable across pregnancy such that women who started with greater body concerns maintained them over time. Although women were least satisfied with their stomach size at late pregnancy, women's ideal body shape increased in parallel with increases in body size. Women with the most body concerns reported more depressive symptoms, tendency towards dieting, and smoking during pregnancy suggesting they were at greater risk in terms of health and well-being during pregnancy.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1359105308088521
Field of Research 170106 Health
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, SAGE Publications
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