Perceived anxiety levels of antenatal mothers during measurements specific to antenatal assessment.
It is not unusual about pregnant mother getting anxious or worried about the future since she accommodates a growing stranger (fetus) in her womb. This study was aimed at assessing perceived anxiety levels of antenatal mothers during abdominal assessments and measurements specific to antenatal assessment and identifying the association between anxiety levels and chosen demographic variables. Descriptive design was used for conducting this study. One hundred mothers who met the study criteria and willing to participate in the study were enrolled in the study using convenient sampling technique. Modified anxiety scale was used to assess the anxiety. Overall, 19.0% of the mothers have had mild level of anxiety and 81% of them showed moderate level of anxiety. There was a significant association found between anxiety level of the mothers and the income, the lesser the income the higher the anxiety level. (c2=6.18p=0.01 DF =1). There was also a significant association between educational status and anxiety levels of the antenatal mothers. On an average, perceived anxiety score was 55% among pregnant mothers while undergoing measurements specific to antenatal assessment. Prenatal programmes should be strengthened giving specific attention to activities that allay anxiety and fear. This study recommends allowing husband or relative to accompany the pregnant mothers while undergoing measurements specific to antenatal assessment.
Key Words: Perceived anxiety, antenatal mothers, abdominal, assessment, measurements, prenatal programmes, specific
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