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Table 1 Prevalence of stressors and health behaviors in perinatal women during the COVID-19 pandemic (N = 162)

From: Stressors, coping, and resources needed during the COVID-19 pandemic in a sample of perinatal women

  Pregnant N = 125
N (%)
Postpartum N = 37
N (%)
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, have you been unable to purchase healthy foods to support your pregnancy due to:
 financial hardship 9 (7%) N/A
 scarcity in stores 34 (27%) N/A
 shelter in place restrictions 20 (16%) N/A
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, have you experienced any of the following?
 Missed any prenatal care appointments due to COVID-19 39 (31%) 2 (5%)
 Used telemedicine for any prenatal care appointments due to COVID-19 51 (41%) 7 (19%)
 Sought additional information about how COVID-19 is impacting the hospital you plan to deliver 60 (48%) 14 (38%)
 Talked to your provider about labor and delivery and COVID-19 64 (51%) 15 (40%)
How has the COVID-19 outbreak affected you in the past 2 weeks?
 Worked remotely or from home more than you usually do 49 (39%) 11 (30%)
 Worked more hours than usual 17 (14%) 0 (0%)
 Worked reduced hours 18 (14%) 5 (14%)
 Was not able to work 19 (15%) 2 (5%)
 Had difficulty arranging for childcare 22 (18%) 9 (24%)
 Incurred increased costs for childcare expenses 3 (2%) 0 (0%)
 Income or pay has been reduced 26 (21%) 5 (14%)
 Have no income 3 (2%) 1 (3%)
 Was laid off or furloughed by employer 12 (10%) 2 (5%)
 Had serious financial problems 14 (11%) 1 (3%)
 Another household member has lost their job 15 (12%) 2 (5%)
In the past two weeks have you experienced the following as a result of COVID-19?
 Not enough money to pay rent 14 (11%) 0 (0%)
 Not enough money to pay for gas 9 (7%) 0 (0%)
 Not enough money to pay for food 9 (7%) 0 (0%)
 Did not have a regular place to sleep or stay 2 (2%) 0 (0%)
To cope with social distancing, isolation, or stress related to COVID-19, are you doing any of the following?
 Taking breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media 84 (67%) 27 (73%)
 Taking care of your body, such as taking deep breaths, stretching, or meditating 62 (50%) 10 (27%)
 Engaging in healthy behaviors like trying to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, or avoiding alcohol and drugs 80 (64%) 21 (57%)
 Making time to relax 78 (62%) 18 (49%)
 Connecting with others, including talking with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling 68 (54%) 21 (57%)
 Contacting a healthcare provider 20 (16%) 7 (19%)
 Using sleeping medications or sedatives/hypnotics 4 (3%) 0 (0%)
 Eating high fat or sugary foods 49 (39%) 16 (43%)
 Eating more food than usual 39 (31%) 10 (27%)
 Eating less food than usual 13 (10%) 2 (5%)
  1. Note. N/A denotes not applicable as only pregnant women received those survey questions