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Table 6 Exploration of the need for practical and material support among pregnant women and mothers

From: Identifying maternal needs following childbirth: comparison between pregnant women and recent mothers

Variables n Total population Women who had already given birth Pregnant women p-value
Feeling supported in housework (mean ± SD/10; not at all=0 - totally=10) 423 6.04 ± 2.69 5.89 ± 2.75 6.39 ± 2.54 0.11
Need help with housework (n (%)) 423     0.01
 Much more   78 (18.4) 65 (22.3) 13 (9.92)  
 A little more   253 (59.8) 171 (58.6) 82 (62.6)  
 Enough   91 (21.5) 55 (18.8) 36 (27.5)  
 A little less   1 (0.24) 1 (0.34) 0 (0.00)  
 Much less   0 (0.00) 0 (0.00) 0 (0.00)  
Amount of housework (number of chores: mean ± SD/10) 401 4.28 ± 2.63 4.45 ± 2.54 3.92 ± 2.79 0.047
Already spontaneously proposed help for housework? (n (%)) 422     0.02
 Very often   33 (7.82) 17 (5.84) 16 (12.2)  
 Often   67 (15.9) 39 (13.4) 28 (21.4)  
 Sometimes   120 (28.4) 86 (29.6) 34 (26.0)  
 Very rarely   96 (22.7) 67 (23.0) 29 (22.1)  
 Never   106 (25.1) 82 (28.2) 24 (18.3)  
Already asked for some help for housework? (n (%)) 421     0.06
 Always   12 (2.85) 10 (3.44) 2 (1.54)  
 Often   46 (10.9) 29 (9.98) 17 (13.1)  
 Sometimes   215 (51.1) 139 (47.8) 76 (58.5)  
 Never   148 (35.2) 113 (38.8) 35 (26.9)