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The antenatal psychological experiences of women during two phases of the COVID-19 pandemic: A recurrent, cross-sectional, thematic analysis

Jackson, L, Davies, SM, Podkujko, A, Gaspar, M, De Pascalis, LLD, Harrold, JA, Fallon, V, Soulsby, LK and Silverio, SA (2023) The antenatal psychological experiences of women during two phases of the COVID-19 pandemic: A recurrent, cross-sectional, thematic analysis. PLoS One, 18 (6). ISSN 1932-6203

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Initial COVID-19-related social distancing restrictions, imposed in the UK in March 2020, and the subsequent lifting of restrictions in May 2020 caused antenatal disruption and stress which exceeded expected vulnerabilities associated with this lifecourse transition. The current study aimed to explore the antenatal psychological experiences of women during different phases of pandemic-related lockdown restrictions in the UK. Semi-structured interviews were held with 24 women about their antenatal experiences: twelve were interviewed after the initial lockdown restrictions (Timepoint 1; T1), and a separate twelve women were interviewed after the subsequent lifting of those restrictions (Timepoint 2; T2). Interviews were transcribed and a recurrent, cross-sectional thematic analysis was conducted. Two themes were identified for each timepoint, and each theme contained sub-themes. T1 themes were: ‘A Mindful Pregnancy’ and ‘It’s a Grieving Process’, and T2 themes were: ‘Coping with Lockdown Restrictions’ and ‘Robbed of Our Pregnancy’. COVID-19 related social distancing restrictions had an adverse effect on women’s mental health during the antenatal period. Feeling trapped, anxious, and abandoned were common at both timepoints. Actively encouraging conversations about mental wellbeing during routine care and adopting a prevention opposed to cure attitude toward implementing additional support provisions may serve to improve antenatal psychological wellbeing during health crises.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Cross-Sectional Studies; Learning; Communicable Disease Control; Pregnancy; Female; Pandemics; COVID-19; Pregnancy; Female; Humans; Pandemics; COVID-19; Cross-Sectional Studies; Communicable Disease Control; Learning; General Science & Technology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: Public Library of Science
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2023 07:46
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2023 08:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1371/journal.pone.0285270
Editors: Ahmad, D
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20586
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