Anxiety and fears of pregnant women - Earthquake, Turkey, 1999

David D. Mankuta , Yaron Bar Dayan, Adrian Rachstein, Pinhas Halperin, Boaz Rosen, David Morgenstern, Carlos Gruzman, Giora Martinovits, Arie Eldad, Paul Benedek

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Pregnancy is the time in our life representing more than any other
period the continuation of life and expectations for a brighter future. Any
threat to the well being of the individual, loss of life in the family or
significant property damage may affect the physical and emotional well
being. In this manuscript we study few aspects of pregnant women’s behavior and emotions during and after the earthquake in Adapazari. We found that
initially the patients were very concerned about their own lives but
instinctively they protect their pregnancy by shielding the abdomen with
their hands (53%). The stressful state temporarily affects the fetal
movement’s perception. Nine patients graded their state as being concerned
to extremely concerned in a scale of 1 to 5. In conclusion, pregnant women are concerned about their own lives as well as about their fetus. A Reduction in the perception of fetal movements with a recovery after several hours is common. The psychological effects of a life threatening disaster on pregnant women should be further investigated by large studies.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)648
Number of pages1
JournalThe BMJ
StatePublished - 4 Sep 1999


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