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Actual Wearing State of Aged Pregnant Women for the Development of Electromagnetic Waves Shielding Maternity Wear

전자파 차폐 임부복 개발을 위한 고령 산모의 임부복 착용 실태조사

  • Kim, Young-im (Dept. of Clothing & Textiles, Pusan National University) ;
  • Lee, Jeong-Ran (Dept. of Clothing & Textiles/Research Institute of Ecology, Pusan National University)
  • 김영임 (부산대학교 의류학과) ;
  • 이정란 (부산대학교 의류학과/부산대학교 생활환경연구소)
  • Received : 2019.03.27
  • Accepted : 2019.08.30
  • Published : 2019.10.30

Abstract

This study conducted basic studies to develop electromagnetic wave shielding maternity wear. We investigated electromagnetic wave shielding fabrics and products as well as surveyed actual wearing states for pregnant women aged 35 to 44 and women who gave birth within the past one year. Available electromagnetic wave blocking products for pregnant women were blankets, aprons, maternity belts, and underwear. These only cover the abdomen and it was hard to find out electromagnetic waves shielding maternity wear, which can enhance functionality and complement the body shapes of pregnant women. The aged mother responded pregnancy delay was mostly attributable to late marriage, career, financial difficulty and health problems. Major health threats to babies were high stress levels during pregnancy, followed by electromagnetic waves from electronic devices. They prioritized physical activity, design, functionality and safety when wearing maternity wear. When purchasing maternity wear, they emphasized design, price, materials and size. The most preferred clothing was one-piece dress; consequently, only 11.1% of them were satisfied with the quality of maternity wear with complaints mostly about design and price. A total of 63% of respondents tried to protect themselves from electromagnetic waves. Most aged mothers showed a positive intention on purchasing electromagnetic waves blocking maternity wear for babies with concerns dealing with safety of materials, prices, ease of laundry, and body complementing design.

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