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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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GOMES, Aline Grill  and  PICCININI, Cesar Augusto. Impressions and feelings of pregnant women concerning obstetric ultrasound in the context of fetal normality. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2007, vol.20, n.2, pp. 179-187. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722007000200002.

The aim of this study was to investigate the impressions and feelings of pregnant women concerning obstetric ultrasound in the context of fetal normality. Eleven primiparous pregnant women, ages 18 to 35 and with 11 to 24 weeks of gestation, who were undergoing ultrasound examinations for the first time, took part in the study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted before, during and three weeks after the examination. Qualitative content analysis of the interviews revealed that the examination rendered an experience of satisfaction and intensity; is important as it allows for the baby to be known before birth; promotes the feeling of concreteness of both the pregnancy and the baby; informs about the baby's health, enabling early interventions. Repercussions of the examination also involved greater contact and care of the pregnant women from relatives. Obstetric ultrasound seems to be a remarkable moment during pregnancy, deserving attention from relatives and, especially, from the health professionals involved.

Keywords : Ultrasound; impressions and feelings; pregnant women; fetal normality.

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