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Isolation and other pandemic stresses can harm pregnant women’s mental health, with effects on their babies too. Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Pregnancy during COVID-19 lockdown: How the pandemic has affected new mothers

Pregnant women's experiences can affect their babies' health, even into adulthood. Researchers know societywide stresses can lead to these long-term consequences – and the pandemic likely fits the bill.
Just feeling that there’s someone out there she can count on can help a mom-to-be. d3sign/Moment via Getty Images

Pregnant women’s brains show troubling signs of stress – but feeling strong social support can break those patterns

Fetal brains are changing rapidly over the course of pregnancy, but so are the brains of mothers-to-be. Neuroscience research shows one way worry can start taking hold – and a simple way to help.
A Texas woman shows a picture of her 21-year-old son, who has been incarcerated during the pandemic. AP Photo/LM Otero

No visits and barely any calls – pandemic makes separation even scarier for people with a family member in prison

For the 6.5 million Americans who have an incarcerated family member, COVID-19 has made an already stressful situation much worse by drastically limiting communication and raising fears of death.
There are many complex pandemic-related risk factors for suicide, and suicide prevention is a crucial public health response to COVID-19. (Pixabay/Canva)

Suicide prevention during COVID-19: The healing power of connection and mutual support

Combating catastrophic demoralization and suicidal thoughts during COVID-19 means supporting people to reconnect with their values, with meaning in life and with others.
A woman tears up as she attends a community rally in Los Angeles to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence and racist attitudes, in response to the string of violent racist attacks against Asians during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Collateral damage of COVID-19: Rising rates of domestic and social violence

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only increased risk factors for violence, but also simultaneously decreased resiliency for individuals as well as communities.
Parents may find it challenging to get their children comfortable going back out into the world. Paul Bersebach/Orange County Register via Getty Images

America goes back to school – 5 essential reads on parenting in the pandemic

As more people get vaccinated and different facets of society slowly reopen, challenges remain in the nation's quest to get back to normal. Here are five articles that help illuminate the path.
COVID-19 lockdown measures have been much harder on those with pre-existing anxiety issues or in lower-income demographics. (Unsplash)

COVID-19 has been much harder on those who already had anxiety and financial issues

Canadians who had poor finances and health were more likely to report financial stress across the first several months of the pandemic.
World Day for Physical Activity is April 6. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many peoples’ physical exercise routines have been disrupted. (Shutterstock)

A year into the pandemic, COVID-19 exercise slump has hit women harder

Research shows that the gaps in physical exercise have widened substantially between men and women, whites and non-whites, rich and poor and educated and less educated: especially during the pandemic.

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