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As a subjective period of corporal and psychic readjustment, pregnancy is conveyed in our contemporary society in its positive, constructive and fulfilling dimension for women. This work, emerging from a research programme conducted alongside pregnant women consulting in a maternity department, suggests the need to emphasise the simultaneous existence of a sense of anxiety (related to infantile elements) and new bodily experiences. We assume that this specific condition is aroused through subjective experience heavily impregnated with passivity, an unavoidable position due to temporary physical investment in the future being. What these pregnant women had to say revealed this psychic reality made of the fear and anxiety they experienced during this phase, so necessary but so disturbing in the loss of control it entails.


  • pregnancy
  • passivity
  • anxiety
  • body
Camille Pascal
Martine Spiess
Anne Thevenot
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