Text descriptions: Impacts of COVID-19 on pregnancy and fertility intentions

Infographic: We stopped trying for a baby: The influence of COVID and employment loss*.

  • Of those influenced by COVID to stop trying to conceive: 62% has suffered employment loss
  • Of those who stopped trying to conceive for other reasons: 26% had suffered employment loss

*they or their partner had experienced reduced work hours of job loss because of the pandemic

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Figure 1: Female respondents who had ceased trying to conceive a child: reports of concerns about their current and future financial situation, by whether the pandemic influenced their decision to discontinue attempts to conceive

Bar chart:

  • Concern about current financial situation
    • Discontinuation influenced by COVID-19 53%
    • Discontinuation not influenced by COVID-19 21%
  • Concern about future financial situation
    • Discontinuation influenced by COVID-19 81%
    • Discontinuation not influenced by COVID-19 35%

<< Return to Figure 1: Female respondents who had ceased trying to conceive a child: reports of concerns about their current and future financial situation, by whether the pandemic influenced their decision to discontinue attempts to conceive


Figure 2: Female respondents who were currently pregnant: perceived timing of current pregnancy and the impacts of COVID-19 on the timing of pregnancy

Pie chart

  • Perceived timing of current pregnancy
    • Sooner 34%
    • Later 16%
    • About the right time 50%
  • COVID-19 impact on the timing of current pregnancy
    • Very much 13%
    • Somewhat 9%
    • A little 14%
    • Not at all 64%

<< Return to Figure 2: Female respondents who were currently pregnant: perceived timing of current pregnancy and the impacts of COVID-19 on the timing of pregnancy


Figure 3: Currently pregnant female respondents: the proportion reporting that COVID-19 had ‘very much’/’somewhat’ affected the current pregnancy timing, by whether the pregnancy came sooner, later or at about the right time

Column graph

  • Sooner 44%
  • Later 18%
  • About the right time 10%

<< Return to Figure 3: Currently pregnant female respondents: the proportion reporting that COVID-19 had ‘very much’/’somewhat’ affected the current pregnancy timing, by whether the pregnancy came sooner, later or at about the right time


Figure 4: Perceived impact of COVID-19 on plans for having children, by female respondents aged under 40 years

Bar chart

  • It has impacted the likely timing of having children 14%
  • It has impacted the likely number of children I/we will have 5%
  • It has impacted my/our plans for having children in other ways 7%
  • It has had an impact (any of the above) 19%

<< Return to Figure 4: Perceived impact of COVID-19 on plans for having children, by female respondents aged under 40 years


Figure 5: Proportions of women who indicated that they would have a/another child later than preferred because of COVID-19, by age and whether they have children

Bar chart

  • Women without children
    • Age 25-29 26%
    • Age 30-34 19%
    • Age 35-39 7%
  • Women with children
    • Age 25-29 12%
    • Age 30-34 15%
    • Age 35-39 9%

<< Return to Figure 5: Proportions of women who indicated that they would have a/another child later than preferred because of COVID-19, by age and whether they have children


Figure 6: Proportions of women who reported they would likely have fewer children because of COVID-19, by age and whether they have children

Bar chart

  • Women without children
    • Age 25-29 11%
    • Age 30-34 6%
    • Age 35-39 3.%
  • Women with children
    • Age 25-29 6%
    • Age 30-34 6%
    • Age 35-39 6%

<< Return to Figure 6: Proportions of women who reported they would likely have fewer children because of COVID-19, by age and whether they have children

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