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Picturing mothers: A photovoice study of body image in pregnancy


Nash, M, Picturing mothers: A photovoice study of body image in pregnancy, Health Sociology Review, 23, (3) pp. 242-253. ISSN 1446-1242 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14461242.2014.11081977


The aim of this qualitative study is to explore how ‘photovoice’ and participant-produced photographs can be used to think critically about pregnant embodiment. Twelve pregnant women in Hobart, Australia were given digital cameras and interviewed four times (three times during pregnancy and once postpartum) about photos that were taken to represent their experiences of pregnancy. This article examines narratives and photographs related to pregnant embodiment and body image in its multiple and often contradictory meanings. Two key themes that will be discussed include: 1) feeling anxiety surrounding the appearance of slenderness/normalised beauty throughout pregnancy, and 2) attempting to gain control of the body through photographs. Findings reveal important information for maternal health practitioners regarding how women negotiate a changed embodiment over time and how they might be supported during this period.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Women's and maternal health
UTAS Author:Nash, M (Associate Professor Meredith Nash)
ID Code:91325
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-05-14
Last Modified:2016-10-13

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