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Journal of The Korean Society of Maternal and Child Health 2012;16(1):80-88.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21896/jksmch.2012.16.1.80    Published online January 31, 2012.
Factors Influencing Fatigue in Pregnant Women
김영희1, 조옥희2
1혜전대학
2제주대학교
임부의 피로와 영향요인
김영희1, 조옥희2
1혜전대학
2제주대학교
Abstract
Objectives
This study examined the factors influencing fatigue during pregnancy.
Methods
This was a cross sectional descriptive study on 89 pregnant women who visited a community health center. We collected data during the period between May and August in 2010. The instruments used in this study were demographic data, multidimensional assessment of fatigue (MAF) scale, Edinburg Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), Brief Encounter Pschychosocial (BEPSI-K) scale, marital satisfaction scale, and the visual analogue sleep satisfaction scale. The MAF scale indicated fatigue, which was considered serious if the score was high. The EPDS scale indicated depression, which was considered serious if the score was high. The BEPSI-K scale indicated the stress level, which showed a high score if the stress was seriously high.
Results
There was a significant difference in the fatigue among pregnant women of ages, jobs, and gestational durations. Fatigue was positively correlated with depression and stress and negatively correlated with marital satisfaction and sleep satisfaction. The factors significantly associated with fatigue in the regression model were sleep satisfaction, stress, and gestational duration.
Conclusion
Fatigue was a common complaint among women during pregnancy. It is important that nurses recognize fatigue as a real problem during pregnancy and develop strategies to cope with fatigue.
Key Words: pregnant women, fatigue, sleep deprivation


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