Women who are in their second trimester (14-26 weeks) are invited to test out a new website for pregnant women and new moms. The bilingual website tailored for Quebec residents will “provide information and strategies to help adjust to the changes of pregnancy, enhance emotional wellness, and engage in healthy behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says the study’s recruitment website. Community resources where women can find further support on a variety of topics will also be available on the website.
Participants will be asked to complete online questionnaires, and then do so again six weeks after beginning the study and at three months postpartum. Participants will receive a $10 gift card for the completion of each one.
While there is currently no deadline for joining the study, the researchers hope to complete recruitment in the next four months.
Dr. Deborah Da Costa, Principal Investigator and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, McGill University, says pregnant women and new mothers have been identified as a group who may be more vulnerable to the mental health impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Emerging studies from Canada and globally suggest that psychological distress is two to three times higher for women during pregnancy compared to similar pre-pandemic pregnant cohorts.” she says
For more information, visit healthymoms-study.ca
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