The numbers of SARS-CoV-2 infected cases are soaring in India. While the rest of us move into unlock mode, millions of pregnant women in the country are still in an extended lockdown.
As per UNICEF statistics, India faces the world’s largest burden of COVID-19 pregnancies as 20.1 million births are expected since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared. This is more than China, which comes second to India, with 13 million births expected. A much-neglected aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic is the psychological stress during pregnancy and its risk on the development of the baby (neurodevelopmental effects on the offspring – published in Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology in May 2020).