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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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Abstract

ARAUJO, Natalúcia Matos; SALIM, Natália Rejane; GUALDA, Dulce Maria Rosa  and  SILVA, Lucia Cristina Florentino Pereira da. Body and sexuality during pregnancy. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.3, pp. 552-558. ISSN 0080-6234.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342012000300004.

The objective of this ethnographic study was to understand how women experience their body's physiological processes during pregnancy and their effects on sexuality. The study involved seven women living in a poor neighborhood in São Paulo. Data collection was performed through participant observation and interviews using guiding questions. The data were presented in the narrative form and then organized into the following categories: realizing the changes in the body; living with the changes in the body; and feelings and sensations experienced in sexual life during pregnancy and imagining the body after pregnancy. The women referred to the changes in their bodies as discomforts, and expressed their concern that these changes would be permanent. They expressed they hoped that, after childbirth, their body would go back to what it was like before pregnancy and that they would recover their sexual desire. Recognition of these concerns is an essential tool to guarantee appropriate professional practices.

Keywords : Human body; Pregnancy; Sexuality; Sexual and reproductive health.

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