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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected maternal health both directly and indirectly, and these effects are intertwined. This scoping review was conducted to provide a comprehensive overview on this broad topic in a rapid format. During the research pregnant individuals were found to be at a heightened risk of more severe symptoms than individuals who were not pregnant. A high frequency of maternal mental health problems, such as clinically relevant anxiety and depression, during the epidemic were reported in many countries. This likely reflects an increase in problems, but studies demonstrating a true change are lacking. This study makes several recommendations such as directing more resources to epidemiological studies, health and social services for pregnant women and mothers, and increasing the focus on maternal mental health during the epidemic. This is a useful research for policy makers. Click here to read the review.