EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF MENTAL WELL-BEING OF PREGNANT WOMEN DURING COVID-19 PERIOD: A CASE STUDY ON PRE-AND POST-DELIVERY PERIODS
The objective of this research paper is to investigate the psychological challenges and difficulties experienced by pregnant women during the Covid-19 pandemic. Primary data was collected from several major cities in southern India during the pandemic period. Analysis of the data revealed that pre-existing complications such as anxiety and depression persisted during pregnancy, and only a few women experienced postpartum complications such as anxiety and gestational diabetes. The study employed PLS-SEM to determine how Covid-19 impacted the mental health of pregnant women during pre-existing and postpartum pregnancy. The findings indicated that patient inattentiveness during Covid-19 led to over-stress (.516***) and concerns about the virus also led to inattentiveness (.494***), which in turn affected the mental health of pre-existing and postpartum pregnant women (.471***), and caused over-stress (.153**).
Covid-19; Second Wave; Lock-Down; Pregnant Women; Postpartum Pregnancy.