A new study by the Australian Financial Council finds there is a significant gap between the numbers of people who say they are pregnant and the number who say it’s important to them.
The study found women who are pregnant may not understand how their bodies work or how to help them manage it, and may think they need to have a hysterectomy.
“For the majority of pregnant women it may not be a priority,” study co-author Helen O’Donovan said.
In the past year, the ABC has been following up on the issue of pregnancy in Australia. “
But the truth is that pregnant women are the ones that really need help.”
In the past year, the ABC has been following up on the issue of pregnancy in Australia.
We’ve seen a rise in the number of pregnant Australians.
More than 1.3 million women in Australia were expecting their first child last year, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The average age of first-time mothers was 27.4 years old, with an estimated 3.5 million women aged 20 to 29 having had a child.
Women with young children may struggle to find time to care for them, the study found.
It found a higher proportion of pregnant Australian women reported they had experienced pain or distress during pregnancy.
The survey also found that more than one-third of women reported a negative impact of pregnancy, including emotional distress, financial problems, social isolation and low self-esteem.
“Pregnancy is a major health issue, with significant impacts on the wellbeing of women and families,” the study’s author, Dr Jane Morgan, said.
“[Pregnancy] is a very complex experience for women and is associated with an increased risk of emotional distress and social isolation, which is a leading indicator of poor health.”
She said women may feel more comfortable not reporting problems to health professionals if they are confident they will not experience any negative consequences.
The ABC contacted the Victorian Department of Health, the Victorian State Government and the Victorian Health Service about the study and was told it would not be commenting.
The Victorian State Health Service declined to comment.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the findings were “heartbreaking”.
He said the state had identified over $50 million in additional funding for the Victorian Pregnancy Service since his election.
“We know there is an increase in women seeking help during pregnancy,” he said.