A study by Tommy’s charity also found that pregnancy myths are still circulating.
Almost half of new and expectant mothers feel anxious or nervous, while over three-quarters suggest their worries have been intensified by the coronavirus pandemic, a study has found. Ahead of what is traditionally the most famous weekend to have a baby, pregnancy charity Tommy’s has called for more help for pregnant mothers. Official estimates have shown that January 2 is the most common day to get pregnant, as September 26, which occurs 38 weeks after the second day of the year, is the most common day to give birth in the UK. A charity survey of 1,000 new or expectant mothers found that at some stage in their pregnancy, seven out of 10 felt depressed, with 14 percent reporting they were struggling all the time, 49 percent feeling nervous or anxious, and 77 percent saying their anxiety was increased by the pandemic. Of those who participated in the study, 89% said they were terrified by news related to pregnancy, while 80% received unwelcome advice. The survey also found that women were told common pregnancy-related myths that, according to the charity, “may contribute to 1 in 4 babies being lost during pregnancy or birth,” Although 65 percent had heard the “you can eat for two” stage, 54 percent had heard that small quantities of alcohol are okay during pregnancy, and 39 percent had heard that the movements of babies slow down towards the end of pregnancy. Kate Marsh, the midwifery manager of Tommy, advised mothers to use the Safe Pregnancy Tool of the charity to review up-to-date pregnancy statistics. “Knowledge is power – and when it comes to pregnancy, it’s important to feel confident that you have everything you need to do the right thing for yourself and your baby – but there is such a thing as too much information, which can leave expectant moms feeling anxious and overwhelmed,” she said. “Expectant parents need advice they can trust and personally tailored support throughout their pregnancy, not myths and misconceptions that are contradicted by evidence. “Rachel, 29, heard from Rhyl that she was expecting her first child shortly before the government listed pregnant women in the pandemic as a higher risk category.
She told the charity, “I didn’t know what to do because I’d never been through anything like this before – and even if I had, Covid changed everything; I couldn’t just go to my midwife, I hardly saw any professionals until I was about to give birth, but I didn’t want to be a burden calling with her worries when the NHS was in crisis.”