The University of Florence in Italy surveyed almost 1,500 people online regarding their child-bearing plans about three weeks into the lockdown in Italy. Each person had been in a heterosexual relationship for a year or more.

Over one-third of people who were planning to try to have a child before the pandemic put their wishes on hold. This was mostly because of future economic concerns and worries about the impact the virus could have on a pregnancy.

The other 60% who were trying to have a baby before the pandemic continued with their plans, mostly because they feared infertility would prevent the possibility if they waited, the study says.