Impact of COVID-19 on Maternal Mental Health

MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2021 Mar-Apr;46(2):103-109. doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000692.


The COVID-19 pandemic led to several states mandating social distancing and sheltering in place along with a shift in health care delivery, unprecedented unemployment rates, financial stress, and emotional concerns. For pregnant and postpartum women, limited social support and social isolation with social distancing and fear of COVID-19 exposure or infection for themselves, their fetus, or their newborn infants, have implications for maternal mental health. An overview of the potential impact of COVID-19 on mental health risk for pregnant and postpartum women is presented with implications for nursing practice to promote maternal-infant wellbeing.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • COVID-19 / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mental Health*
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / virology
  • Postpartum Period / psychology*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / epidemiology
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / virology
  • Pregnant Women / psychology*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Social Support
  • Women's Health*