Besides the obvious health and economic impacts of the epidemic, here is another another illustration of its ramifications.
In the first several months after the epidemic, almost half of the city’s pregnant women who were attempting to conceive again before the Coronavirus pandemic stopped trying.
It was reported in the journal “JAMA Network Open” that the research had come to these conclusions.
One-third of women who had been contemplating getting pregnant before the epidemic but had not yet started trying said they were no longer considering it, according to the study conducted by researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
Study main author and epidemiologist Linda Kahn, PhD, MPH, stated, “Our results indicate that the first COVID-19 epidemic seems to have made women think twice about extending their families and, in some instances, decrease the number of children they eventually plan to have.
There are additional long-term implications of the epidemic than health and economic ones, says Kahn.
Due to the fact that pregnancy gets riskier and more difficult as women get older, the delays caused by the pandemic may result in greater health risks for both the mother and the child, as well as the necessity for expensive fertility treatments, according to the expert.
All of the women in the research, according to Kahn, an assistant professor at the NYU Langone Medical Center’s departments of pediatrics and population health, had at least one small kid.
So it’s conceivable that having a small kid in the midst of New York City’s epidemic and subsequent lockdown may have contributed to their reluctance to have another one in the first place!
During the Coronavirus epidemic, there has already been evidence of a decrease in the US birthrate.
Using yearly fertility patterns, researchers estimated that the nation would have approximately 300,000 fewer babies in 2020 than they actually did. This difference was most noticeable in the last two months of the year, when conception rates were lower at the start of the epidemic in March.
Only recently have researchers begun to delve into the underlying reasons of parents’ choices to postpone childbearing.
New research examines pregnancy intentions among New York City women who participated in the first wave of COVID-19.
Researchers used data from an ongoing study on pregnancy and child health to conduct the inquiry.
Mothers were asked to remember their pre-pandemic pregnancy intentions and whether or not they were still moving through with their plans when the poll was conducted in mid-April 2020.
Fewer than half of women who stopped trying to conceive during the pandemic were confident they would continue trying to conceive after the epidemic ended, indicating they may abandon rather than just postpone their intentions to expand their families, according to Kahn.
Stress and financial instability increased the likelihood of postponing or abandoning plans for a second child.
There is evidence to indicate that financial health plays an important role in parents’ choices about childbearing and that more financial assistance for families may be required to solve the nation’s continuing fertility drop, which started in 2008.
Melanie Jacobson, PhD, MPH, one of the study’s senior authors, stated, “These findings highlight the toll the coronavirus has had not just on individual parents but possibly on conception rates generally.”
New York University Langone’s Jacobson, an environmental pediatrician who conducted the study, warns that the study only covered women who intended to have children and did not take into consideration unexpected pregnancy.
A second poll of moms will be conducted with this same group in order to look at any possible effect vaccination, which was not a possibility for this study’s authors to consider.