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Mother’s knowledge of warning signs of pregnancy, labour and puerperium

Gomathi Mahalingam, Mahalingam Venkateasan.


Background: Although the birth of a child is one of the happiest event in all over the world, yet pregnancy and child birth are associated with the health risks to many women during their reproductive years.

Aims & Objective: The main objective of this study is to assess the mother’s knowledge of warning signs of pregnancy, labour and puerperium.

Materials and Methods: Data was collected from 50 antenatal mothers by purposive sampling technique and questionnaire was used as a data collection tool. Result of this study shows that 36% of the mothers had poor knowledge, 24% had average knowledge, 34% had good knowledge and only 6% had excellent knowledge about warning signs of pregnancy, labour and puerperium.

Results: The overall knowledge percentage mean which was 50.73% (15.22 ± 7.15) revealed that the antenatal mothers had average knowledge about warning signs of pregnancy, labour and puerperium. The knowledge of antenatal mothers is statistically, not associated with their age, educational qualification, parity, occupation, family income, type of family, religion, residential area and previous source of information.

Conclusion: The findings of the study will help the nursing professionals working in hospital and community areas to educate the mothers about the warning signs of pregnancy, labour & puerperium and also help the health personnel to prevent complication by identifying the warning signs as early as possible

Key words: Antenatal Mother; Labour; Pregnancy; Puerperium; Warning Signs

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