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Find care for your mental health before, during and after pregnancy

Find out how to get help for your mental health before, during and after pregnancy.

Or for information about things you can do yourself, and symptoms to look out for, find out more about mental health during pregnancy.

Talk to a midwife, health visitor or GP

If you feel you need help with your mental health, talk to a midwife, health visitor or GP. You can choose whichever healthcare professional you're most comfortable with.

NHS therapy and counselling services

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is an NHS service for people in England aged 18 or over. It is for anyone who needs help with their mental health, including before, during or after pregnancy.

Psychological therapies can treat conditions like:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • eating disorders

You can talk to a GP about IAPT services. Or you can get help from IAPT services without needing to speak to a GP.

Support from charities

Some charities also offer support for mental health before, during and after pregnancy. You can talk to a GP, health visitor or midwife about local charities and support groups. The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) also has information about other places you can get help.

Tommy's

Tommy's is a charity offering mental health support and advice. You can speak to one of Tommy's midwives about your pregnancy.

Mind

Mind is a national charity that can give you advice on your mental health including before, during and after pregnancy.

If you need help right now

If you need to talk to someone now, call 111, contact a GP or maternity unit, or find a local NHS urgent mental health helpline for 24-hour advice and support.

Immediate action required: Call 999 if:

  • you think there's a risk you might harm your baby or yourself

Learn about mental health before, during and after pregnancy

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Page last reviewed: 5 July 2022
Next review due: 5 July 2025