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This predictive research aimed to study the level of self-care behaviors and factors influencing self-his predictive research aimed to study the level of self-care behaviors and factors influencing self-care behaviors of pregnant women with successfully inhibited preterm labor. The sample consisted of 140pregnant women who experienced labor pain but successfully inhibited preterm labor. They could take careof themselves until gestation not less than 37 weeks. The research instruments were a demographic data, knowledge on preterm labor, perception of preterm labor, social support, and self-care behaviors to preventpreterm labor. Data were analyzed by using descriptive statistics and multiple regression analysis.
The results showed that the overall self-care behaviors of pregnant women with successful inhibitionof preterm labor was at a good level (Mean=3.11, SD=0.28). Regression modeling showed that social supportperception of preterm labor, and knowledge on preterm labor could explain 34 percent of the variation of self-care behaviors (R2= .34, p< .001). The results of this study can be used as a basis to promote self-carebehaviors among pregnant women who have preterm labor and are able to prolong pregnancy until full term.
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