COVID-19 pandemic: Impacts on mothers’ and infants’ mental health during pregnancy and shortly thereafter

Noa Vardi, Gil Zalsman, Nir Madjar, Abraham Weizman, Gal Shoval

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a global crisis, with profound implications on public mental health. The current review focuses on the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of mothers and their infants during pregnancy and shortly after delivery. Literature shows that in similar disaster situations, mothers’ stress reaction and mental health have a critical impact on infant development. Research data on perinatal mental health during the current COVID-19 pandemic is reviewed in conjunction with studies on the relationship between maternal stress, infant development, and psychopathology. Recommendations for perinatal mental health enhancement are discussed and topics for future research suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-88
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume27
Issue number1
Early online date15 Apr 2021
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

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Keywords

  • Pandemic
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • fetus/infant development
  • pregnancy
  • psychopathology

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