Effectiveness of Fetal Movement Counting and Imagining Fetus Position to Prenatal Attachment and Depressive Symptoms in Pregnant Women in 24-28th Gestational Week
Objective: The study is intended to investigate effects of fetal movement counting and at the same time imagining fetus position to prenatal attachment and depressive symptoms in pregnant women of 24th-28th pregnancy weeks.
Material and Method: The study included seventy volunteer pregnant women who are in 24-28th gestational week. Pregnant women in study group asked to count at least 10 fetal movements with touching abdominal wall and imagining the fetus position after waking up for a month. At the beginning and end of the study, both groups applied PAI and BDI.
Results: In the study group, mean PAI score was 53.3 ± 11.9, mean BDI score was 7.8 ± 4.9 in the first assessment and in the second assessment mean PAI score was 64.6 ± 9,2, mean BDI score was 8.6 ± 3.9. PAI scores had statistically significant increase. In control group, mean PAI score was 51.5 ± 12.6, BDI score was 10.6 ± 6.3 in the first assessment and mean PAI score was 52.0 ± 13.7, mean BDI score was 10.5 ± 5.5 in the second assessment. PAI and BDI score had no statistically significant increase.
Conclusion: The study showed that counting fetal movements and imagining fetus position had positive effects on prenatal attachment but had not any effect on depression scores on pregnant women in 24-28th gestational week.