Scots have been the least anxious nation about their ability to cope with pregnancy or a baby because of Covid-19, according to a poll.
A survey of 5,474 expectant mothers, new parents and parents of toddlers undertaken across the UK during the pandemic found almost nine out of 10 had experienced the feeling.
However, those in Scotland were the least anxious compared to the three other nations with a recording of 83%, compared to 91% in Wales, 87% in England and 85% in Northern Ireland.
Charity collective Best Beginnings, Home-Start UK and the Parent-Infant Foundation – which carried out the survey – warn that many families with lower incomes, young parents and those from BAME communities will have been hit hardest by the pandemic.
Alison Baum, CEO of Best Beginnings, said: “The report demonstrates first-hand the serious challenges faced by parents across the country at such an important time in their lives and in the lives of their babies.
“Without the support from loved ones and sufficient pre and postnatal care, many parents felt isolated and anxious.
“We must ensure that parents of all backgrounds receive the support they need, so they can look after themselves and have the knowledge, confidence and support to be able to give their children the best start in life.”
Findings of those who felt “a lot” more anxious were 52% in Northern Ireland, 48% in Wales, 41% England and 40% in Scotland.
Confidence in accessing help with mental health was the highest north of the border with almost two fifths (38%) feeling sure about being able to get support.