Study identifies pregnant women at greater risk of PTSD duri
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Pregnancy is a rewarding yet challenging period of life, which demands physical, psychological, and social adjustment to a new role. In general, pregnant women are not prone to experiencing higher levels of stress and anxiety in comparison to non-pregnant controls. It has been said that Covid-19 significantly increases the risk of preterm birth, mostly due to iatrogenic reasons.

The aim of this study was to analyze stress and anxiety levels experienced by pregnant and postpartum women during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to indicate the social and medical factors that could contribute to stress and anxiety.

A total of 210 patients were enrolled in the study. Two well-established test tools were applied: State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10).

--The study revealed that the levels of stress and anxiety experienced by the surveyed patients were moderate to high.

--Researchers demonstrated that women with a mental treatment history, those in the first trimester of pregnancy, and the ones that are single or in an informal relationship tend to experience higher levels of psychological distress and anxiety.

--Such factors as age, education, parity, eventful obstetric history, comorbidities, and the number of hospitals stays proved to be statistically insignificant in the analysis.

The findings could be used to identify patients at greater risk of experiencing adverse mental effects and to provide them with adequate psychological support.

Source: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249450
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