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NICE advises extra pregnancy support for women at risk of mental health problems

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 17 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7720
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Women with current or previous mental health problems should have greater support before, during, and after pregnancy to limit their effect on the mother, baby, and family, updated guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has said.

The guideline on the clinical management of prenatal and postnatal mental health incorporates the latest evidence on what drugs should be used to treat mental health problems during pregnancy, stopping medication, and detecting mental health problems in mothers and pregnant women.1

Around 12% of women experience depression during and after pregnancy, and 13% experience anxiety. Depression and anxiety disorders also affect one in five women in the first year after childbirth. Other disorders covered by the guideline include panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, …

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