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This article is the author's final published version in the Journal of Patient Experience, Volume 10, January - December 2023.

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Women with perinatal depression are at a high risk for unhealthy dietary behaviors but whether the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has exacerbated this risk is unknown. Here we report the findings of a qualitative study exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nutrition-related experiences of women with perinatal depression. Using a qualitative descriptive approach, in-depth interviews were conducted with 18 women with a history of perinatal depression and 10 healthcare providers. A semistructured format elicited how food and nutrition-related behaviors of women with perinatal depression were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thematic analysis identified 4 themes related to the COVID-19 pandemic: (1) Adaptations in shopping and cooking behaviors; (2) increases in stress and declines in respite; (3) declines in support and increases in isolation; and (4) low levels of breastfeeding guidance. Our findings confirm the importance of resilience among women with perinatal depression and future research is needed to elucidate the mechanisms connecting resilience and dietary behaviors.

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