Mental health support in pregnancy and postpartum

It’s a positive thing to prioritise your mental
health, because ultimately you’re doing the absolute best for both you and your baby. So you might be feeling very nervous or anxious
about seeking help because you simply don’t know what’s going to happen. But there is a very clear pathway for getting
help. So the first thing to do is to tell either
your GP, the midwife or health visitor and if necessary they can refer you to psychiatrist
or a perinatal psychiatrist. A perinatal psychiatrist is a doctor who looks
after mental health in pregnancy and afterwards. They can tailor a treatment plan, depending
on what your needs are. And this might include talking therapy for
example or it might include medication. There are plenty of medicines now that are
considered to be safe both in pregnancy and in breast feeding so it’s absolutely nothing
to worry about.

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