Adapting to the rapid physical changes associated with pregnancy can be an enjoyable experience for some women, and a dissatisfying experience for others.
Provisional Psychologist Belynda Evans is a Master of Psychology student in the School of Health Sciences.
She hopes results from the research might be useful in guiding early intervention during pregnancy to reduce the psychological distress sometimes associated with the rapid body changes that occur during pregnancy.
“I am seeking women 18 and over who are pregnant (ideally within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy) or who are actively attempting to conceive, to participate in the study,” Ms Evans said.
“A series of questionnaires (maximum of four) will be completed by the participants during their pregnancy and postpartum.
“It is predicted that the research outcomes may provide evidence as to what influences body image and body dissatisfaction during pregnancy, and how these variables change across pregnancy.”
To participate in the study, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the research, or for interviews, contact: Belynda Evans, 0419 304 076 or email@example.com
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