Godt det bare er anbefalinger: Et speciale om førstegangsgravides forståelser af sundhed

Mie Margrethe Erikstrup, Mette Ingemann Hansen & Helle Kruse Wichmann

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis provides insight into how first-time pregnant women understand the concept of a “healthy pregnancy” and investigates how they, through discussion, legitimise their understanding of a healthy pregnancy. The thesis’ theoretical standpoint is within the poststructuralist research tradition, which means that we understand the human being as socially constructed, whereby we also understand the concept “healthy pregnancy” as constructed interpersonally through discussion and positioning in the local context. We used Michel Foucaults concepts of power, knowledge and discourse in this thesis. Furthermore, we have included Bronwyn Davies & Rom Harré’s concept of positioning. The methodological basis for this thesis was two focus group interviews conducted with a total of 10 participants. The criteria for selecting the participants were based on their residency in Copenhagen, an age range of 25 to 35 years and their first-time pregnancy. As part of the focus group interviews, we used visual exercises and let the participants discuss a National Board of Health leaflet. The analysis showed that the pregnant women in the focus group continually seek to be perceived as managing their pregnancy in an appropriate and healthy way by constantly bearing in mind what is expected of them. Through our focus groups, it became evident that pregnant women are often faced with different and sometimes contradictory discourses about what it is to have a healthy pregnancy. We showed how women, as a result, constantly discuss and adapt these discourses in order to make them fit in with their everyday lives. In conclusion, we learned that there is no single one recipe on achieving a healthy pregnancy – on the contrary, the analysis shows that the pregnant women use various tactics and compromises when merging discourses and practices. Thus it seems clear how complex, ambivalent and what a multifaceted project it is to achieve a healthy pregnancy when everyday life and choices have to fit within the dominating norms of what the perception of a healthy pregnancy is.

UddannelserKommunikation, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato29 feb. 2012
VejledereBirgitte Ravn Olesen


  • Konstruktion
  • Diskurs
  • Positionering
  • Sundhed
  • Forhandlinger
  • Billedøvelse
  • Poststrukturalisme
  • Sundhedsstyrelsen
  • Fokusgruppe
  • Graviditet
  • Foucault