COVID-19: what about pregnant women during first lockdown in Italy?

Chiara Ionio, Marta Gallese, Valentina Fenaroli, Martina Smorti, Andrea Greco, Ilaria Testa, Anna Zilioli, Lucia Bonassi

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in rivistaArticolo in rivista


Objective: Lombardy was the most affected Italian region by COVID-19. To limit the spread of infection, the government issued a national social lockdown. The obstetrical-gynaecological emergencies and essential services were guaranteed to protect pregnant women’s health, and a return to a medicalised childbirth was necessary. This situation could had amplified risk factors on the psychological wellbeing of mothers-to-be. Indeed, the last trimester of pregnancy is a period of increased vulnerability itself.Method: For better support women who experience pregnancy during social lockdown, we explored the impact of COVID-19 on psychic wellbeing of two samples of pregnant women (40 living in Lombardy and 35 in Tuscany).Results: T-test and correlations analyses revealed that women living in the Lombardy had a higher perception of the centrality of COVID-19. Further, women that considered the pandemic as a significant event, experienced a higher perinatal depressive symptom. Those symptoms also arose in women who presented a higher number of intrusion and hyperarousal symptoms and a lower ability to plan.Conclusion: Pregnant women should be closely monitored and supported, especially those who live in high-risk areas, such as Lombardy Region. The target intervention could be focused on improving resilience to reduce depressive symptomatology.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-13
Numero di pagine13
RivistaJournal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2021


  • COVID-19
  • lockdown
  • perinatal depression
  • pregnant women’s mental health


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