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Pregnancy

  • By: Jennifer J. Bute
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Pregnancy is often a joyous event and a significant milestone in people's lives. Yet, even a desired pregnancy can come with a number of challenges that involve making decisions about prenatal care, developing birthing plans, implementing lifestyle modifications (e.g., smoking cessation, dietary changes), and navigating adjustments in interpersonal relationships. People also have needs and desires to control their fertility through pregnancy planning and child spacing. As such, health communication scholarship examining the pregnancy context has addressed a wide range of communicative issues, including public health campaigns aimed at family planning initiatives and pregnancy prevention, health care interactions between pregnant women and their providers, and the connection between interpersonal relationships and pregnancy outcomes.

This entry summarizes research on both formal and informal communication about pregnancy, with a ...

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