Antenatal and postnatal mental health: clinical management and service guidance

NICE, December 2014

NICE have updated the guidance on antenatal and postnatal mental health making recommendations for the recognition, assessment, care and treatment of mental health problems in women during pregnancy and up to 1 year after childbirth, and in women who are planning a pregnancy.

The guidance recommends discussing with all women of childbearing potential who have a new, existing or past mental health problem, the use of contraception and any plans for a pregnancy.  Health professionals should discuss how pregnancy and childbirth might affect a mental health problem, including the risk of relapse, as well as how a mental health problem and its treatment might affect the woman, the fetus and baby, and parenting.

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