Special Issue "Psychological Impact of COVID-19 Worldwide Pandemic on Pregnancy and the Offspring"
A special issue of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2021).
Interests: Effects of prenatal stress on pregnant women and their offspring; Hair cortisol levels; Infant´s neurodevelopment; Psychological stress during pregnancy
Interests: Psychiatric Epidemiology; Lifespan development; Mental Health; Emotional disorders; Suicide; Biostatistics
Interests: Emotional memory, Translational affective neuroscience, Non-invasive brain stimulation, fMRI, Peripartum mental health
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new pathology with a rapid increase in the number of infected and deaths around the world since it was first identified in December 2019. Available data on the psychological effects on pregnant women and offspring are still scarce. Information regarding its consequences may serve as a guide on how it may affect pregnant woman and her developing fetus.
During pregnancy, environmental circumstances (included the exposure to a war, the death of a relative or natural disasters) can affect maternal and neonatal health. It is known how the environment pregnant women are exposed to can create a permanent imprint on fetal physiology that will last his/her entire life. Thus, as stated in the Developmental Origin of Health and Disease (DOHaD) theory promulgated by the epidemiologist David Barker, fetal programming occurs during prenatal development that will determine the health and disease of that individual throughout his extrauterine life. Exposure to high levels of stress has been described among the prenatal events that may affect maternal and the developing fetus health.
Dr. Rafael A. Caparros-Gonzalez
Dr. Alejandro de la Torre-Luque
Dr. Ana Ganho Ávila Costa
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- Prenatal stress
- Antenatal stress
- Psychological stress
- Psychological well-bieng
- Physiological stress