COVID-19 and Wellbeing During Pregnancy Study

The goal of this research is to understand how the Coronavirus pandemic affects psychological well being and stress during and after pregnancy.

Study Objectives

  1. Determine if pregnant women are experiencing high levels of mental health difficulties (depression, anxiety, and insomnia) during the COIVD-19 pandemic.
  2. Examine with COVID-19 related experiences (i.e. solical isolation, economic hardship, relationship difficulties) impact mental health symptoms
  3. Assess resiliency factors that protect pregnant women from experiencing mental health concerns.

Paticipants

  • 302 pregnant people participated in the first wave of the study (between June and July 2020)
  • Participants were between 19 and 44 years old
  • 24% in the first trimester, 45% in the second trimester, and 31% in the third trimester of pregnancy

Findings

  • 57% of participants reported clinically elevated depression, 40% reported significant anxiety, and 15.9% clinical levels of sleep problems
  • Pregnant women are experiencing more mental health problems than before the pandemic
  • Social isolation, relationship conflict, and financial concerns predicted more mental health problems
  • Social support and positive thinking about the pandemic were protective factors against mental health problems