Views of Young Expectant Women Aged 16-35 Years Regarding Their Psycholocal Body Changes during Pregnancy and Their Influence on Maternity Wear Selection

Nelima Barasa, Dr. Lydia N Kinuthia


Pregnancy period in human beings is divided into three trimesters. During this period expectant women experience psychologicalchanges as a result of changes in their physical body. Thesechanges are sovividto an extent of triggeringdifferent feelings to some women. With the wide variety of body silhouette, psychological changes occur differently for every pregnant woman. Psychological changes like joy, fear, anxiety, stress and depression occur during the first trimester. At the start of the second trimester the emotions of the first trimester become stable and the exciting changes of this trimester begin.Despite an increasing interest in fashion and clothing, researchers in Kenya have conducted limited study about dressing and adorning the pregnant body. This leaves pregnant women with minimal sources of reference thus relying on trial and error or copying what other pregnant women wear.This study deals with the views of young expectant women aged 16-35 years regarding their psychological body changes during pregnancy and there influence on maternity wear selection. Psychological body changes were measured in terms of joy, fear, anxiety, stress and excitement.


Psychological body changes; Pregnancy; Trimester; Maternity wear selection.

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