A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics showed the effects of pregnancy during the pandemic on babies.
Researchers discovered that babies born during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic received lower scores on a developmental screening test of motor and social skills at six months of age.
The study included 255 infants born at hospitals in New York between March and December of 2020. The data came from questionnaires given to parents by their children’s doctors in order to look at the development of their baby and was compared to babies born at the same hospitals before the pandemic.
The researchers found that babies whose moms were pregnant with them during the pandemic had moderately lower scores in motor and social skills, but not in other areas