As the COVID-19 pandemic unraveled in 2020, the world came to a standstill. However, millions of women
continued to become pregnant, making what is usually a cherished event a matter of concern and immense duress
for the mothers. What ensued was a series of emotional, socio-cultural and physical repercussions on pregnant
mothers, making especially COVID-19 positive mothers highly vulnerable to the negative impacts in all these aspects.
This article aims to explore these repercussions in the light of emerging evidence from ongoing research alongside how
healthcare systems responded to overcome the barriers in provision of care to pregnant mothers. Various prenatal and
postnatal implications are elaborated upon, including the possibility of vertical transmission of COVID-19 to the fetus,
the importance of institutional delivery and breastfeeding. Moreover, the distribution of risk for COVID-19 is discussed to
shed a light on how ethnicity, income and resource-poor settings can act as determinants for increased mortality, genderbased
violence and depression in pregnant mothers during the pandemic.
Published Date: 2021-03-22; Received Date: 2021-02-05