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Knowledge and Attitude of Postnatal Mothers Regarding Postnatal Exercise

Smita Sahu, Mrs. ManjuBala Dash


Background: Postnatal period is a very crucial period in which many physiological adaptations and psychological adjustments occur. Postnatal exercises can tackle many postnatal problems like urinary and faecal incontinence, postpartum depression, diastases recti, and postpartum backache. Methods: A descriptive survey was conducted to assess the knowledge and attitude of postnatal mothers regarding postnatal exercises admitted in obstetric ward of M.K.C.G Medical College Hospital, Berhampur, Ganjam, Odisha. Total 60 postnatal mothers were selected by using purposive sampling technique. Data were collected by using structured interview schedule and a three point rating scale. Results: The findings of the study revealed that majority (65%) of postnatal mothers were matriculate, hundred (100%) postnatal mother were Hindu, most (85%) of the postnatal mothers were home maker, (60%) of postnatal mother’s income was Rs. 5000-10,000, majority (85%) of postnatal mothers were residing at urban area, (85%) of postnatal mothers belonged to nuclear family, maximum (75%) postnatal mothers were primipara, (100%) postnatal mother were in 46 postnatal day & (60%) postnatal l mother had no information regarding postnatal exercise, 25% got information from health professional & 15% got information from friends / relatives. 65% postnatal mothers have poor knowledge and negative attitude towards postnatal exercises. Conclusion: The study concluded that the high rate of ignorance and negative attitude with regards to the importance of postpartum exercises need education and counselling to improve the knowledge of the postnatal mothers.

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