Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 2022 (SSCI)
© 2022 Society for Reproductive & Infant Psychology.Objectives: To determine the effect of self-evaluation of foetal movement and position tracking on prenatal attachment and distress. Methods: The study was a randomised controlled study. The study included women who came to the Kahramanmaraş Maternity and Children’s Hospital for prenatal examination. The data were collected using a questionnaire form, the prenatal attachment inventory (PAI), and the Tilburg pregnancy distress scale (TPDS). The pregnant women in the intervention group were trained to count the foetal movements and track the position of the foetus. Data were evaluated using paired samples t-test, independent samples t-test, chi-square test, Pearson correlation analysis, and linear regression analysis. This trial was registered at ClinicalTrials.gov under the process NCT05313113. Results: Although the mean PAI pre-test scores were similar in the intervention and control groups (t = −0.811; p = 0.420), a significant difference was observed in the mean post-test scores between the two groups (t = 6.404; p < 0.001). The mean TPDS pre-test scores were similar in both groups (t = 0.933; p = 0.453), but a significant difference was observed in the mean post-test scores (t = −3.345; p < 0.001). Conclusion: Thus, self-evaluation of foetal movement and foetal position tracking increased the prenatal attachment.