Prevalence Study of Stress Throughout Pregnancy


  • Zehra Ashraf
  • Nimra Waheed



Pregnancy, problems, behavior, health, stress


Background: Stress in pregnancy refers to a particular type of stress-related with the interaction with people or any other cause like workload, society etc. Today, however, we are increasingly exposed to prolonged stress which gives rise to problems such as sleep problems, headache, fatigue, memory disturbances and so on.

Stress in pregnancy can have a major impact on the mother as well as the developing fetus. Various symptoms and issues faced by the mother can indirectly have an adverse effect on the baby’s development.

Aim of Study: The purpose of this study is to understand and identify the effect of stress on women during pregnancy.

Method: The research performed included 100 women which give us a general overview of how women of our society whether of high or low socioeconomic status cope with their stress or even understand the term "STRESS" in the first place. This study was carried out in various hospitals (maternity wards) to get an insight into our research. Various aspects were identified in order to draw out clear conclusions.

Result and Discussion: 83% of women agreed on the fact of suffering from stress during pregnancy, with the other 16% replying "NO" and the remaining 1% had no clue.

Considering the relationship of Socioeconomic factors are mostly affecting in pregnancy which is agreed by 66% of the female population while 18% disagree with this factor.

Conclusion: Our overall approach throws light on understanding and detecting these aspects during pregnancy. To help provide better alternatives and have a stress-free pregnancy.

Author Biographies

Zehra Ashraf

Faculty of Pharmacy, Jinnah University for Women, Karachi, Pakistan

Nimra Waheed

Faculty of Pharmacy, Jinnah University for Women, Karachi, Pakistan