Acta Paulista de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0103-2100
FERNANDES, Amanda de Oliveira; SANTOS JUNIOR, Hudson Pires de Oliveira and GUALDA, Dulce Maria Rosa. Adolescent pregnancy: perceptions of mothers of young pregnant women. Acta paul. enferm. [online]. 2012, vol.25, n.1, pp. 55-60. ISSN 0103-2100. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-21002012000100010.
OBJECTIVE: To identify the experiences and perceptions of mothers whose daughters became pregnant during adolescence. METHODS: Research of a qualitative approach, conducted in a teaching hospital in the city of São Paulo. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews, with ten mothers of adolescents. RESULTS: Before pregnancy, mothers guided daughters about sexuality, which led to feelings of surprise when they learned of the pregnancy. Nevertheless, the mothers were present throughout the pregnancy and childbirth process. Significant changes in family relationships were not identified as a result of early pregnancy. CONCLUSION: The maternal figure emerges as a representative, both during and after adolescent pregnancy, a fact that provides support in a safer teen pregnancy, and the return to projects of their lives.
Keywords : Pregnancy in adolescence; Perception; Mothers; Women's health; Family relations.