Measuring fluctuations in maternal well-being and mood across pregnancy

James J. Newham, Colin R. Martin

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Abstract

Psychological health and well-being in pregnancy is not a stable construct but one that undergoes fluctuations across the different trimesters as pregnant women experience worries and anxieties pertinent to different stages of gestation. This paper aims to highlight the inefficiencies of measures commonly used to assess mood in non-pregnant populations when they are administered to pregnant samples, while also highlighting how modern advances in M-Health communication technologies enable immediate ecological momentary assessments, which minimise recall bias and maximise ecological validity and thus represent an opportunity to explore novel research paradigms to increase our understanding of the temporal nature of well-being during pregnancy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)531-540
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Volume31
Issue number5
Early online date8 Nov 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

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