Having a baby is one of the most important choices a woman and her partner will make and becoming a parent is one of the biggest life changes you will experience. Pregnancy and having a baby are associated with many different emotions. It is common to be excited and happy as well as anxious and overwhelmed.
It is important to have the right help, advice and support so that you stay as well as possible during pregnancy and after the birth of your baby. Your mental health matters as much as your physical health in pregnancy and after birth.
Women can experience many different types of mental health problems in pregnancy and the postnatal period. Some women may have already had mental health problems before pregnancy. Other women may become unwell for the first time in pregnancy or after their baby is born. Just like at other times, there is a range of severity.
Anyone can be affected by mental health problems in the perinatal period, so you don't need to feel bad if it happens to you – about 20% of women are affected so it’s very common.
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