The psychological impacts of isolation on pregnant and postpartum women

There is no doubt that the routine of most families has been altered due to measures of social isolation. Currently, entities and institutes that work with priority care for pregnant women and women who have recently given birth are studying these population groups better. This study aims to investigate what are the psychological impacts on pregnant women and mothers of babies generated from the pandemic scenario in which we find ourselves.

Research carried out on the psychological impacts on pregnant women and newborn mothers 

A survey conducted by the School of Parenting Professionals (EPP) during the pandemic of the new coronavirus, released preliminary data about the psychological impacts on pregnant women and mothers of babies in this period of isolation.

The survey in question was attended by more than 1,000 women across the country. Among pregnant women and mothers in the postpartum period, the main fears presented are:

  • 79% afraid of not having a companion in the delivery room.
  • 73% afraid of vertical transmission (when the baby is still infected in the mother’s womb).
  • 66% afraid of malformation.
  • 64% of pregnant women and 58% of mothers of newborns are afraid of not being able to breastfeed.

What is the reality?

  • The right to a companion during childbirth remains guaranteed by law and has not changed during the pandemic.
  • Regarding vertical transmission, scientists point out that it is too early to say whether the virus can be transmitted by the mother during pregnancy or not.
  • There are no studies that prove the presence of the virus in the umbilical cord or in the amniotic fluid or evidence that shows that it can cause miscarriage or malformation.

Regarding lactating women, the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics (SBP) says:

  • There is no scientific evidence that breast milk transmits the virus to the baby.
  • The recommendation is that mothers diagnosed with COVID-19 continue to breastfeed due to the benefits that breast milk offers to the baby.
  • Cares such as the use of masks, proper hygiene of the breasts and hands (of the mother and baby) before and after breastfeeding or expressing breast milk remain.
  • For those diagnosed with COVID-19, if they are coughing a lot, feeling unwell or not feeling safe, the recommendation is to express the milk and deliver it to a healthy caregiver to feed the baby.

It’s important to always be on the lookout for new updates 

In April, pregnant women and women with babies up to two months old were included in the risk group for coronavirus by WHO (World Health Organization). However, it is important that such groups be on the lookout for new updates.