Pregnant Järva residents rarely receive support for fear of childbirth

In the Maternal Health Unit’s annual report, large differences emerge between the problems that pregnant women have, linked to which part of Stockholm they live in. The Järva area stands out on several points.

Region Stockholm’s maternal health care unit has compiled its annual report for 2021, where the health of expectant and new mothers is reported at district level. The report also includes statistics on screening to detect and prevent the HPV virus and cervical cancer, contraceptive advice and venereal diseases.

Complications and risks during pregnancy such as gestational diabetes and obesity occur to a high extent among women in the Järva area. In 2021, Spånga-Tensta had the highest percentage of pregnant women with obesity, or obesity, at 24.8 percent, compared to 12.8 percent in the entire Stockholm county. Norrmalm, Östermalm and Kungsholmen had the lowest proportion of overweight and obese pregnant women.

Mental illness during pregnancy is relatively common

But when it comes to the use of alcohol during pregnancy, the statistics show the opposite. There, the women in Spånga-Tensta and Rinkeby-Kista stand out as those with the lowest alcohol consumption, while those with the worst risk of alcohol consumption are pregnant in Bromma, Norrmalm and Södermalm.

Fear of childbirth and mental illness during pregnancy is relatively common, around 20 percent are believed to be affected. But according to the report, fewer pregnant women in Järva’s neighborhoods received treatment or extra support for it than the average in the city. Whether this is due to fewer people feeling unwell or fewer people seeking help is not clear.

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Anna Nygård

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