Pregnant Women's Perspective of Their Level of Stress and Coping Behaviors
Pregnancy is an experience characterized by lack of adequate psychosocial resources. The presence of many stressors as work and family responsibilities make pregnancy a distant reflection of the ideal prototype. Objective: The present study aimed to identify pregnant women's perspective of their level of stress and coping behaviors. Setting: It was conducted at antenatal clinic of El- Shatby Maternity University Hospital. Subjects: The study comprised 100 pregnant women with normal pregnancy, free from medical diseases and willing to participate in the study. Tools: Three tools were utilized for data collection; a socio-demographic and reproductive history sheet, modified version of patient stress scale Wilson (1987), and modified version of coping scale Jalawic & Powers (1981). Results: The study revealed that thirty two percent of the studied women had high level of stress, and about two third (61%) of them had moderate level of stress. Problem oriented coping was highly used by half (51%) of women, While affective oriented coping was moderately used by the majority (86%) of studied pregnant women. Recommendations: Introducing the concept of early programming focusing on prenatal problems and stresses to improve health for all pregnant women was recommended. A better understanding of coping techniques used during healthy pregnancy can be used to design interventions that support a woman's positive coping techniques or suggest alternatives for negative coping techniques.