Problem pregnancy probed
Jane Currie knows what it is like to have a medical problem in pregnancy. She was hospitalised during both her pregnancies for complications and she understands that this can be stressful.
Research shows that complications in pregnancy is fairly common with nearly 50 per cent of pregnant women having some type of medical issue and nearly 20 per cent requiring hospitalisation.
Mrs Currie is a Mas- ters student in psychology at Waikato University and is conducting research to find out the impact of a complication on anxiety and distress levels of pregnant women.
Women over this time are usually more anxious even with no medical issues and Mrs Currie says it is important to be able to know the impact of a medical issue both in terms of its physical effect but also in terms of its emotional impact.
‘‘This can assist health professionals to interact appropriately with pregnant women and will enable us to develop the necessary tools to assist.’’
Women who are pregnant and have some type of medical issue such as high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, low fetal growth, carpel tunnel twins can fill in an online survey at psy chology.waikato.ac.nz/ pregnancyproblems.htm.
Or contact Mrs Currie on 021 373 150 or firstname.lastname@example.org and she will email the link.