COVID-19 environment has increased stress for pregnant people and new parents

The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the stress and challenges facing people during pregnancy. Not only has the pandemic environment changed the hospital experience, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also identified pregnant people have as a population vulnerable to COVID-19. In the event of contracting the virus, pregnant people are more likely to require hospitalization and ventilation and are at an increased risk of preterm birth. Although further research is still needed, it is quite rare that a COVID-19- positive pregnant person can pass the virus to their fetus or newborn. It seems that one of the biggest current health threats is prenatal stress. An ongoing study of 500 pregnant Oregon women has found high levels of significant stress, anxiety, and depression among participants. Authors note prenatal stress can be reduced through social support networks, relaxation and mindfulness techniques, access to paid parental leave, and ensuring basic needs are met. #covid-19 #mentalhealth

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