Anxiety through the Three Trimesters of Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a major physical, psychological and social event in women's life. However, instead of being a joyful and exciting time, pregnancy may become a worrisome event in some women consequently, aggravating their morbidity. Objective: To assess anxiety through the three trimesters of pregnancy, in addition to the identification of some associated factors. A cross sectional descriptive research design was used to conduct this research. Setting: The present study setting included the three available Maternal and Child Health Care Centers affiliated to Ministry of Health and Population in Damanhour city, Al-Behaira Governorate. Subjects: a convenient sample of 300 pregnant women was recruited. Tools: two tools were used to collect the data (Socio demographic data and reproductive history and State Anxiety Inventory (SAI)). Results: The anxiety was present among 62.7% of the study subjects and level of anxiety is higher among pregnant women during first trimester followed by third trimester of pregnancy. Factors independently associated with anxiety included: unwanted pregnancy, presence of family problems, age, educational level and extended family type. Conclusion: It can be concluded that, anxiety was experienced by nearly two thirds of the study subjects and the first trimester pregnant women had the highest anxiety level followed by third trimester. Recommendations: screening to detect anxiety symptoms must be done in antenatal care service and special attention should be given to the high risk pregnant women.