Long-term postpartum health problems in Turkish women: prevalence and associations with self-rated health

AKSU S., Varol F. G. , Sahin N. H.

CONTEMPORARY NURSE, cilt.53, sa.2, ss.167-181, 2017 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 53 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2017
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/10376178.2016.1258315
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.167-181


Objective: To examine the frequency of physical and emotional health problems associated with labor and their relationship with self-rated health measures. Methods: Four hundred women were enrolled. Data collection was accomplished through the completion of a form on sociodemographic and obstetric characteristics, a questionnaire that measured the self-rated health level as well as physical health problems, and Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale. Results: Most commonly reported health problems in the initial six-week period were fatigue (77.5%), sleep disturbance (76.0%), and dysuria (61.3%). At one-year postpartum, fatigue (33.9%), sleep disturbance (32.8%) and constipation (15.5%) were the most commonly reported complaints. Those who self-reported a poor health at six weeks and one year comprised of 40.0% and 19.8% of the participants, respectively. Conclusion: Further studies in other populations are warranted to better delineate the prevalence rates, which will provide useful data for developing policies aimed at improving postpartum care.