About this information

NICE guidelines provide advice on the care and support that should be offered to people who use health and care services.

In April 2018, we updated the advice in the guideline with warnings about sodium valproate . Sodium valproate must not be used in pregnancy, and only used in girls and women when there is no alternative and a pregnancy prevention plan is in place. This is because of the risk of malformations and developmental abnormalities in the baby.

This information explains the advice about mental health in pregnancy and the year after giving birth that is set out in NICE guideline 192.

This is an update of advice that NICE produced in 2007.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you:

  • are planning to have a baby, or

  • are pregnant, or

  • have had a baby or been pregnant in the past year.

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