Global Study Measures Impact of COVID-19 on Sleep, Fitness, Diet and Mental Health of Pregnant People | Business

LOS ANGELES – (BUSINESS WIRE) – January 12, 2022–

A global study released today by Pregistry, a leader in the development and conduct of observational studies during pregnancy, highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthy behaviors during pregnancy and its association with mental health disorders. The study, conducted in 12 countries by Dr. Diego Wyszynski, CEO of Pregistry, and a team of collaborators showed high mental distress in one of the three pregnant people and moderate impact on healthy behaviors.

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A registry study sheds light on the effects of the pandemic on the pregnant population, whose mental health is particularly critical given the potential short and long-term impacts on mother and child. (Photo: Business Wire)

Research consistently shows that COVID-19 continues to disrupt physical activity, sleep, and eating behaviors in the general population, primarily attributed to quarantine and physical distancing measures. Such a reduction in healthy behaviors has been linked to a deterioration in mental health and well-being. The Pregistry study, titled COVID-19 Perceived Impacts on Sleep, Fitness, and Diet, and Associations with Mental Health During Pregnancy: A Cross-Country Study, sheds light on the effects of the pandemic on the pregnant population, including mental health is particularly critical given the potential short and long term impacts on mother and child.

“Given the documented effects on the mental health of the general population due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including depression, anxiety and PTSD, it is essential to understand how we can support the most vulnerable populations,” such as pregnant women, in this predicament. time, ”said Dr Wyszynski. “Our latest work has revealed a link between mental distress and worsening healthy behaviors, suggesting that attention to disturbances related to sleep, diet and fitness is important for promoting mental health. during pregnancy amid a major stressor. “

In a recent survey of 3,692 pregnant people, one in three people reported high mental distress and about 30-45% of participants reported a moderate to high impact on healthy sleep, fitness and fitness behaviors. ‘food. Interestingly, the impact on each domain of healthy behavior (sleep, diet, fitness) was independently linked to increased mental distress. Other results have shown that a sense of community can lessen the impact of insufficient sleep and other affected healthy behaviors on mental distress, while the opposite, loneliness, can exacerbate the risks. Additionally, research shows that tackling sleep, eating and fitness changes together can help prevent mental distress during pregnancy during times of major stress, highlighting the importance of increasing access to support. for this group during the pandemic.

After adjusting for a range of socio-demographic factors, sleep deprivation was found to be most strongly associated with mental health distress, with pregnant women reporting the highest negative impact. The perceived impact of COVID-19 on diet has shown the second strongest pattern of association with mental health distress. Finally, a reported impact on physical condition was also associated with high mental distress, which corresponds to a large database linking physical activity to mental health in the general population and during pregnancy. In the study, positive feelings of gratitude and a sense of community were found to be associated with less reported inadequate healthy behavior. In addition, loneliness has emerged as a potential risk factor for increased reports of negative impact.

Contributors to the study include Karmel W. Choi, Hannah H. Kim, Archana Basu, Alex SF Kwong, Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, Diego F. Wyszynski, and Karestan C. Koenen.

About Preregistry

Pregistry is a world leader in the development and conduct of observational studies to assess the safety of drugs and vaccines when used during pregnancy. With more than 70 pregnancy specialists, covering a range of clinical, preclinical, safety, regulatory, marketing and IT needs, the goal is to ensure that mother and baby are healthy and safe and that prescribers have the information they need to be able to explain the potential benefits and risks of drugs during pregnancy. Pregistry also provides a secure space for pregnant women to connect with a global community of experts and peers for free. To learn more, please visit: You can find more information about Pregistry at

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