The COVIDPregDK Study: A national survey on pregnancy during the early COVID-19 pandemic in Denmark

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Abstract

Aim: We aimed to describe the aim, data collection and content from a survey completed among pregnant women during the first peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Denmark. Methods: The declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 challenged pregnant women’s mental well-being due to a concern for their unborn child and their need for healthcare services through pregnancy and birth. To explore how the COVID-19 pandemic and the intensified measures such as the lockdown of Denmark impacted pregnant women’s well-being and mental health, we conducted a questionnaire survey in the spring of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic was at its first peak, and the consequences for pregnant women and the unborn child were very uncertain. All women residing in Denmark and registered with an ongoing pregnancy on 24 April 2020 were invited to participate. The questionnaire included background information, variables on COVID-19 symptoms and validated batteries of questions on loneliness, anxiety, stress, quality of life, meditation and prayers. Additional questions were included to examine concerns related to pregnancy and childbirth during the pandemic. Cohort characteristics: Almost 18,000 women answered the questionnaire, which represents 60% of all invited women who experienced a national lockdown for the first time. Their median age was 30 years, and they were more likely to be multiparous. Conclusions: Data from the COVIDPregDK Study will enable us to gain valuable knowledge on how the pandemic, the intensified measures from the health authorities and the national lockdown affected pregnant women’s mental health and their concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Public Health
Volume50
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)703-710
ISSN1403-4948
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022

Keywords

  • anxiety
  • COVID-19
  • lockdown
  • loneliness
  • mental health
  • pregnancy
  • questionnaire
  • stress
  • Anxiety/epidemiology
  • Pandemics
  • Humans
  • Depression
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Pregnancy
  • Denmark/epidemiology
  • COVID-19/epidemiology
  • Quality of Life
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Pregnant Women/psychology

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