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Changes in the health status of women during and after pregnancy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15693927     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the changes in health status experienced by a multi-ethnic cohort of women during and after pregnancy.
DESIGN: Observational cohort.
SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: Pregnant women from 1 of 6 sites in the San Francisco area (N=1,809).
MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Women who agreed to participate were asked to complete a series of telephone surveys that ascertained health status as well as demographic and medical factors. Substantial changes in health status occurred over the course of pregnancy. For example, physical function declined, from a mean score of 95.2 prior to pregnancy to 58.1 during the third trimester (0-100 scale, where 100 represents better health), and improved during the postpartum period (mean score, 90.7). The prevalence of depressive symptoms rose from 11.7% prior to pregnancy to 25.2% during the third trimester, and then declined to 14.2% during the postpartum period. Insufficient money for food or housing and lack of exercise were associated with poor health status before, during, and after pregnancy.
CONCLUSIONS: Women experience substantial changes in health status during and after pregnancy. These data should guide the expectations of women, their health care providers, and public policy.
Jennifer S Haas; Rebecca A Jackson; Elena Fuentes-Afflick; Anita L Stewart; Mitzi L Dean; Phyllis Brawarsky; Gabriel J Escobar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of general internal medicine     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1525-1497     ISO Abbreviation:  J Gen Intern Med     Publication Date:  2005 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-02-07     Completed Date:  2006-03-16     Revised Date:  2014-09-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8605834     Medline TA:  J Gen Intern Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  45-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Depression / epidemiology
Health Status*
Health Status Indicators
Postpartum Period
Pregnancy* / physiology
Socioeconomic Factors
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