Pregnancy Essay

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Psychological changes of Pregnancy Effects on the patient and her family Mother’s Reactions Initial reaction may run the gamut of emotions. May be surprised, pleased, disturbed, disappointed, frightened. There is element of surprise in every pregnancy. As the pregnancy progresses must reach an acceptance. Cultural Background Influences Acceptance Background and society influence a mother’s reaction to her pregnancy. Emphasis on pre-natal and medically oriented society. Child-bearing is a woman’s work. Beliefs about health of the baby Supernatural being in total control Mother is totally responsible Other Influences Attitude of health care provider. Home life in childhood “people love as they as loved” Basic temperament of mother ability to adapt and cope may view pregnancy as a threat Mother’s Emotional Responses Narcissistic response is an early reaction. Extroversion, glowing behavior is common. Has difficulty staying focused. Emotional mood swings are frequent. Husbands need to be forewarned about these changes to expect in wife. Psychological tasks for Pregnancy Acceptance is the major task that must be accomplished. For many a specific time Indications are preparations for new arrival Resolve old fears and / or conflicts Evaluate relationships Nurse’s role--be a good listener and facilitate expressions of feelings to work through these tasks Steps in Preparing for Motherhood Mimicry and role-playing association with other pregnant women or new mothers spend time with own mother. Identifies parenting role she wants to mimic Fantasy--How will it be to be a mother Grief work--giving up her current lifestyle as life will never again be the same. Hindrances associated with a mothering breakdown Multiple births Children born within 10--12 months apart. Moving Loss of security job/illness of self or family

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