The natural evolution of postpartum fatigue among a group of primiparous women

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A-prospective, longitudinal study was conducted to examine the natural evolution oj levels of fatigue, as measured by the Visual Analogue Scale-F, among a group of 36 prim/porous uwmen during the first 6 weeks postpartum. The results revealed that this group of women experienced higher levels of morning fatigue across the 6 weeks than had previously been reported. Their morning fatigue peaked at 4 weeks and then slowly decreased. At the 6th week, the group mean for morning fatigue was 1.42 points (on a 100-point scale) lower than at the 1st week postpartum, suggesting women do not completely recover from the effects of pregnancy, childbirth, and transition to parenthood by 6 weeks postpartum. Maternal age and length of labor werefound to be significantly related to the levels of fatigue and energy at various times during the 6 week postpartum. period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-141
Number of pages16
JournalClinical Nursing Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997


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