Expectant women's views on physiological and Psychological changes and their influence on maternity Wear selection at Kenyatta National Hospital Nairobi, Kenya.
Pregnancy is broken into three periods or trimesters. During the pregnancy expectant women experience psychological, behavioral, and biological changes that make them to become more sensitive about their bodies. This is due to dramatic body changes experienced by pregnant women which to some extend triggers negative thoughts and feelings in some women. With the wide variety of body shapes and sizes, physiological changes occur differently for every pregnant woman. These variations lead to problems of comfort, fit, and sizing of maternity wear especially if not well selected. Despite increasing interest in fashion and clothing, academicians have had very little research about dressing and adorning the pregnant body. Apparently people have assumed pregnant women to be "outside" of fashion. This leaves pregnant women with no source of reference thus relying on trial and error or copying what other pregnant women wear. Teenagers and very young mothers try to follow trends that are in fashion with their peers which are not suitable for pregnancy. This therefore creates a need for a study that will enlighten young expectant women and other stakeholders to understanding the views of young expectant women on physiological and psychological changes and their influence on maternity wear selection. The objectives of the study are to: identify the views of young expectant women aged 16-35 years regarding their physical body changes during pregnancy, establish the views of these young expectant women regarding their psychological changes during pregnancy, determine the physiological and psychological changes that influence maternity wear selection, discuss the social economic factors that influence maternity wear selection among these young expectant women and determine dress features that influence maternity wear selection among these young expectant women. The study limits itself to young expectant women attending antenatal clinics at Kenyatta National Hospital. The researcher will adopt a descriptive research design to gather information, summarize, present and interpret for the purpose of clarification. Convenience method of sampling will be used to select a sample size of 96 respondents attending antenatal clinics at Kenyatta National Hospital. An interview schedule and a questionnaire with open ended and closedended items will be used to collect data. Frequencies and percentages will be used to summarize variables relating to demographic characteristics, young expectant women's views on physiological and psychological changes and maternity wear selection. Data will be grouped and summarized in tables, graphs and pie charts. Content analysis will be used to analyze the open-ended items while the quantitative aspects will be analyzed by use of Microsoft Excel Package. Conclusions will be based on discussion findings as they relate on expectant women's views on physiological and psychological changes and their influence on maternity wear selection.