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INTRODUCTION Few studies have examined associations of prepregnancy urinary incontinence (UI). METHODS Multicentre prospective pregnancy cohort study (n = 1,507) using standardised measures to assess frequency and severity of UI. RESULTS Prevalence of UI increased from 10.8% in the 12 months before the index pregnancy to 55.9% in the third trimester.(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the relationship between mode of delivery, perineal trauma and dyspareunia. DESIGN Prospective cohort study. SETTING Six maternity hospitals in Melbourne, Australia. SAMPLE A total of 1507 nulliparous women recruited in the first and second trimesters of pregnancy. METHOD Data from baseline and postnatal questionnaires (3,(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the timing of resumption of vaginal sex and assess associations with method of birth, perineal trauma and other obstetric and social factors. DESIGN Prospective pregnancy cohort study of nulliparous women. SETTING Melbourne, Australia. SAMPLE A total of 1507 nulliparous women recruited in early pregnancy (≤24 weeks). METHOD(More)
BACKGROUND In the first year after childbirth, 94% of women experience one or more major health problems (urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, perineal pain, back pain). Difficulties in intimate partner relationships and changes affecting sexual health are also common. The aim of this study is to investigate changes in women's health from early(More)
BACKGROUND Intimate partner violence affects 1 in 4 women at some stage in their lives. Exposure to violence has short- and long-term consequences for women themselves and their children. The objective of this study was to examine associations between fear of an intimate partner and maternal physical and psychological morbidity in early pregnancy. METHOD(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the extent to which primary-care practitioners routinely inquire about postpartum urinary and faecal incontinence, and assess the proportion of women who disclose symptoms. DESIGN Prospective pregnancy cohort study of nulliparous women. SETTING Melbourne, Australia. SAMPLE A total of 1507 nulliparous women recruited in early(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate frequency, severity and risk factors for urinary incontinence and faecal incontinence 4 years after a first birth. DESIGN Prospective pregnancy cohort study. SETTING Melbourne, Australia. SAMPLE A total of 1011 nulliparous women recruited in early pregnancy. METHODS Participants were followed up at 32 weeks of gestation;(More)
BACKGROUND Postnatal sexual health remains underresearched. The main aims of this study were to investigate the prevalence of postnatal sexual health issues, and the extent to which primary care practitioners routinely inquire about sexual health issues. METHOD 1,507 first time mothers were recruited in early pregnancy and followed up at 3, 6, and 12(More)
Women navigate many social changes when they become a mother, often including considerable changes to intimate and sexual relationships. This paper draws on data collected in an Australian multicentre prospective nulliparous pregnancy cohort study and a nested qualitative substudy exploring women's experiences of sex and intimacy after the birth of their(More)
Few studies have examined the course of maternal depressive across pregnancy and early parenthood. The aim of this study was to identify the physical, sexual and social health factors associated with the trajectories of maternal depressive symptoms from pregnancy to 4 years postpartum. Data were drawn from 1102 women participating in the Maternal Health(More)