Antenatal and postnatal mental health (CG45)
Fast, easy summary view of NICE guidance on 'antenatal and postnatal mental health'
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The advice in the NICE clinical guideline on mental health problems during pregnancy and after giving birth covers:
- recognising mental health problems during pregnancy and in the first year after giving birth
- the care and treatment (including drugs and psychological treatments) of women who develop a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the first year after giving birth, and women who have a higher chance of developing a problem at this time
- the care and treatment (including drugs and psychological treatments) of women who already had a mental health problem before becoming pregnant
- how families and carers may be able to support women with mental health problems and get support for themselves.
It does not specifically look at:
- the care of women with ‘baby blues’ in the first few days after giving birth (this is covered in the NICE guideline on postnatal care)
- the treatment of physical health problems during pregnancy and in the first year after giving birth
- the treatment of mental health problems at any time other than when planning a pregnancy, during pregnancy and in the first year after giving birth.
Since publication, two recommendations in this guideline have been corrected or clarified. See the summary of changes for details. Most recent change: June 2010.
This guidance has been incorporated into the following NICE Pathways, along with other related guidance and products.
Visit the NICE Pathway: antenatal and postnatal mental health
This page was last updated: 06 March 2014
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- CG45 Problemau iechyd meddwl yn ystod beichiogrwydd ac ar ôl rhoi genedigaeth: deall canllawiau NICE (fformat MS Word)
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Review decision date: July 2011
This guideline is currently being updated. Further information can be found on the Antenatal and postnatal mental health (update) page.
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