Pregnancy, Mental Well-Being and Lockdown: A Nationwide Online Survey in France

Pregnancy, Mental Well-Being and Lockdown: A Nationwide Online Survey in France

Gaucher L, Barasinski C, Dupont C, Razurel C, Pichon S, Leavy E, Viaux-Savelon S, Cortet M, Franck N, Haesebaert F, Haesebaert J.

Healthcare (Basel). 2022 Sep

Abstract:The objective of this study was to compare the mental well-being of French women who were and were not pregnant during the first COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. We performed a nationwide online quantitative survey including all women between 18 and 45 years of age during the second and third weeks of global lockdown (25 March-7 April 2020). The main outcome measure was mental well-being measured by the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale (WEMWBS). This study analysed 275 responses from pregnant women and compared them with those from a propensity score-matched sample of 825 non-pregnant women. In this French sample, the median WEMWBS score was 49.0 and did not differ by pregnancy status. Women living in urban areas reported better well-being, while those with sleep disorders or who spent more than an hour a day watching the news reported poorer well-being. During the first lockdown in France, women had relatively low mental well-being scores, with no significant difference between pregnant and non-pregnant women. More than ever, health-care workers need to find a way to maintain their support for women's well-being. Minor daily annoyances of pregnancy, such as insomnia, should not be trivialised because they are a potential sign of poor well-being.

Keywords: mental health; pandemic; pregnant women; quarantine; survey.

doi: 10.3390/PMID: 36292301

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