Special Issue "Developmental and Emotional Aspects of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting: Current and Future Perspectives"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Elena Commodari
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Guest Editor
Department of Educational Sciences, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
Interests: emotion recognition; attention; attachment; learning disorders; mental imagery
Dr. Valentina Lucia La Rosa
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Guest Editor
Department of Educational Sciences, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
Interests: Gynecology; Psychology; Psychotherapy; Quality of life; Sexuality; Sexual dysfunctions; Menopause
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Special Issue Information

All pregnancies, even healthy ones, may cause an existential and emotional crisis in a woman, which reinforces pre-existing internal conflicts. Indeed, pregnancy is a unique experience in a woman's life which is influenced by several factors, particularly biological, psychological, and psychosocial ones. For most women, pregnancy is a happy experience associated with positive expectations. In this regard, for example, a particular case is that of women who survive cancer, for whom the possibility of becoming a mother has a particular value. For these women, a child is a symbol of life that defeats death. However, pregnancy can also be the cause of particular emotional distress for women, with consequent development, in some cases, of psychopathological disorders such as maternity blues and postpartum depression. In some situations, unexpected medical complications, such as fetal anomalies, fetal death, or a serious health risk for the child or the mother, can significantly increase psychological distress.

In other cases, conceiving a child is difficult due to infertility problems or other hindrances, and the couple is forced to face the psychological impact of this event and choose to resort to assisted reproduction techniques or adoption. Finally, pregnancy may be unwanted, leading in some cases to the decision to abort.

In light of these considerations, the Special Issue “Developmental and Emotional Aspects of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting: Current and Future Perspectives” aims to publish both original articles and comprehensive reviews about the psychological and social impact of several conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting, to better understand the factors that come into play in the complex process of the construction of parenting and the promotion of coping and resilience in this particular period of the life cycle. 

Dr. Valentina Lucia La Rosa
Prof. Elena Commodari
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • abortion
  • adoption
  • assisted reproduction techniques
  • childbirth
  • coping
  • emotional adjustment
  • infertility
  • life span
  • maternity blues
  • oncofertility
  • parenting
  • postpartum depression
  • pregnancy

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Analysis of the Impact of the Confinement Resulting from COVID-19 on the Lifestyle and Psychological Wellbeing of Spanish Pregnant Women: An Internet-Based Cross-Sectional Survey
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(16), 5933; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17165933 - 15 Aug 2020
Abstract
(1) Background: This study aimed to analyze the impact of the confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemics on the eating, exercise, and quality-of-life habits of pregnant women. (2) Methods: This was an internet-based cross-sectional survey which collected information about adherence to the Mediterranean [...] Read more.
(1) Background: This study aimed to analyze the impact of the confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemics on the eating, exercise, and quality-of-life habits of pregnant women. (2) Methods: This was an internet-based cross-sectional survey which collected information about adherence to the Mediterranean diet, physical exercise, health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and perceived obstacles (in terms of exercise, preparation for delivery, and medical appointments) of pregnant women before and after the confinement. The survey was conducted in 18–31 May 2020. (3) Results: A total of 90 pregnant women participated in this study. There was a significant decrease in the levels of physical activity (p < 0.01) as well as in HRQoL (p < 0.005). The number of hours spent sitting increased by 50% (p < 0.001), 52.2% were unable to attend delivery preparation sessions because these had been cancelled. However, there were no significant differences in the eating pattern of these women (p = 0.672). Conclusions: These results suggest the need to implement specific online programs to promote exercise and reduce stress, thus improving the HRQoL in this population, should similar confinements need to occur again for any reason in the future. Full article
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