Mental health

Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting times for all parents-to-be, but for people with mental illness it can also bring added concerns.

There is an increased risk for new mothers of developing depression, or having a new psychiatric episode within three months of birth – 10% of pregnant women will go on to develop a depressive illness. This risk is highest for women with bipolar disorder.

If you are worried you are at risk of this you must discuss this with your midwife, health visitor or doctor so that the right support can be put in place.

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