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Antenatal and postnatal mental health


Summary 

The advice in the NICE clinical guideline on mental health problems during pregnancy and after giving birth covers:

  •   recognising mental health problems during pregnancy and in the first year after giving birth

  •   the care and treatment (including drugs and psychological treatments) of women who develop a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the first year after giving birth, and women who have a higher chance of developing a problem at this time

  •   the care and treatment (including drugs and psychological treatments) of women who already had a mental health problem before becoming pregnant

  •   how families and carers may be able to support women with mental health problems and get support for themselves.


It does not specifically look at:

  •   the care of women with ‘baby blues’ in the first few days after giving birth (this is covered in the NICE guideline on postnatal care)

  •   the treatment of physical health problems during pregnancy and in the first year after giving birth

  •   the treatment of mental health problems at any time other than when planning a pregnancy, during pregnancy and in the first year after giving birth.


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