What is perinatal mental health?
Perinatal mental health issues can happen in pregnancy and in the first years of being a parent (antenatal and postnatal). Problems can affect new mums as well as dads, people with no history of mental health problems as well as those who have. The word perinatal simply means the time around (peri) childbirth (natal).
Issues might include depression, anxiety, OCD, psychosis and post-traumatic stress amongst other things.
Signs and symptoms
If you, your partner, relative or friend are experiencing difficulties there are some signs you can look out for. Tommy’s (pregnancy health information for parents) has an excellent guide: https://www.tommys.org