Body satisfaction during pregnancy

Body satisfaction during pregnancy,10.1016/j.bodyim.2011.03.002,Body Image,Katie A. Loth,Katherine W. Bauer,Melanie Wall,Jerica Berge,Dianne Neumark-S

Body satisfaction during pregnancy  
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The current study examines how body satisfaction of pregnant women compares to that of nonpregnant women. The sample included 68 pregnant and 927 nonpregnant young women who participated in a population-based longitudinal study examining eating and weight concerns in young adults. Body satisfaction was assessed using a 10-item modified version of the Body Shape Satisfaction Scale. The longitudinal design allowed for the assessment of body satisfaction among women both prior to and during their pregnancy. Mean body satisfaction was higher in pregnant women (32.6, 95% CI: 30.7–34.5) than nonpregnant women (29.6, 95% CI: 29.1–30.1) with moderate effect size 0.32, after adjusting for body satisfaction and body mass index prior to pregnancy, indicating that pregnant women experienced a significant increase in body satisfaction from the time prior to their pregnancy (p=.003) despite weight gain. These findings have important implications for clinicians delivering weight-related messages to women during pregnancy.
Journal: Body Image , vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 297-300, 2011
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