MUMS-to-be are suffering with loneliness and anxiety because of Covid healthcare restrictions, a study has found.
Three-quarters of pregnant women said they feel extremely alone and unsupported as resources such as antenatal classes have been cancelled.
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And more than half are struggling mentally, support app Peanut found.
More than a third of mums-to-be said they are terrified about going through labour alone.
New mum Kate Taylor, of Coventry, said: “Being pregnant and having a baby during the middle of the pandemic was so hard, lonely and scary.
“I laboured by myself for nine hours.”
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Michelle Kennedy, of Peanut, added: “At a moment where pregnant women are experiencing such a monumental life change, the pandemic has created more isolation and uncertainty.”
To help, Peanut has launched a new app feature called Bump Buddies, which is enabling mums-to-be to connect and build friendships with women who have the same due date, as well as share advice.
Within just 48 hours of going live, 800k interactions have been exchanged across 60k women in Bump Buddy groups.
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