A Brief Note on Levels of Stress, Social Support, Health Behaviours, and Stress-Reduction Methods for Ladies Pregnant before and through the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Prameeth Kumar*

Department of Pharmacy, Vision College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, JNTUH, India

Corresponding Author:
Prameeth Kumar
Department of Pharmacy
Vision College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, JNTUH, India
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: 05 July, 2021; Accepted Date: 22 July, 2021; Published Date: 29 July, 2021

Citation: Kumar P (2021) A Brief Note on Levels of Stress, Social Support, Health Behaviours, and Stress-Reduction Methods for Ladies Pregnant before and through the COVID-19 Pandemic, J Prev Med, Vol.6 No.7: 103.

Copyright: © 2021 Kumar P. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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The COVID-19 pandemic and connected restrictions will adversely impact prenatal maternal well-being and health behaviors. To look at prenatal stress and stress-reduction methods, social support, and health behaviors between ladies pregnant before and through the pandemic in Eire. 210 pregnant ladies were recruited on-line and within the prenatal department of a tertiary infirmary before the pandemic, and 235 ladies recruited on-line throughout the pandemic. Solely lady’s residents in Eire were enclosed during this study. Ladies completed measures of stress, social support, health-behaviors, and self-reported stressreduction methods. Variations in outcomes were examined between ladies pregnant before and through the pandemic, and between section two and section three of a people Government COVID-19 restrictions.


Gestation, Stress, Social support, Health behaviors, COVID-19


Antenatal stress is calculable to impact up to half-hour of ladies throughout gestation and is related to poor postnatal mental and physical health, medicine outcomes, and kid health and neurodevelopment. Prenatal stress is additionally related to maternal perinatal health behaviors, which might even have direct impact on kid health and development. Positive factors, like social support, square measure argued to possess a protecting result but by buffering effects of stress on maternal and kid outcomes. Prenatal stress will arise from multiple psychological, physiological, social and socio-demographic factors. It may result from experiencing important and/or nervewracking life events, like sadness, and natural disasters, and may be a probably outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Ireland, at the time of writing, the national accumulative incidence of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 974.98 per 100,000 populations; the national accumulative incidence of confirmed deaths is thirty-three.31 per 100,000 populations.

There is already proof that COVID-19, that was declared as a world pandemic by the globe Health Organization in March 2020, has light-emitting diode to adverse mental state consequences generally populations. A recent review indicates that stress, anxiety, depression, and discontinuous sleep square measure common mental state outcomes of COVID-19. Such outcomes could also be thanks to multiple COVID-19 connected factors, together with perceived risk of infection, issues concerning loved ones, and also the implementation of full and partial lockdowns globally that have restricted movement and social interactions. For pregnant ladies, the COVID-19 pandemic has additionally light-emitting diode to changes in maternity care access and procedures, that once let alone broader COVID-19 issues have the potential to considerably impact pregnant women’s stress and behavioural responses. There's some rising proof supporting this, with reports that ladies pregnant throughout the pandemic expertise enhanced concern and feelings of vulnerability, depression, and anxiety.

To date, there square measure restricted information on prenatal stress, social support, and health behaviors throughout the pandemic compared to before the pandemic; this is often mostly thanks to the speedy and sudden onset of the pandemic and associated social changes. One study of pregnant Canadian ladies according enhanced medical specialty symptoms, together with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and divisible symptoms during a sample of ladies pregnant throughout COIVD-19, compared to a pre-COVID-19 sample. Findings from a study conducted in China, additionally indicate enhanced levels of depression and anxiety in pregnant ladies following declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of yet, there's no proof relating to the potential effects of imprisonment restrictions on prenatal maternal well-being. Within the Republic of Eire (ROI), a COVID-19 ‘roadmap’ of 4 phases together with needed and counseled public health pointers and restrictions was established. as an example, throughout section 2 (June 8th to 28th) travel was permissible among one’s home county or up to 20 km from home; up to six individuals from outside one’s unit may meet and retail may begin to re-open, with physical distancing in situ for each. Throughout section 3 (from June 29th 2020) crèches and child care re-opened for essential staff during a phased manner, playgrounds was re-opened, and little social gatherings were allowed.

This study had 2 main aims. The primary was to look at variations between prenatal stress, social support, health behaviors, and stress-reduction methods of Irish ladies pregnant before the pandemic and through the pandemic. The second aim was to look at variations in these outcomes at completely different stages of pandemic-related restrictions.

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