Prob­lem preg­nancy probed

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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 jchc1@waikato.ac.nz and she will email the link.

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