Maternal mental health concerns during and after pregnancy are common. Approximately one in five (1 in 5) women experiences mental health concerns during or after pregnancy. These concerns can include depression or anxiety during or after pregnancy, obsessive compulsive disorder, and psychosis. The general public, parents to be, and parents with new children need to be aware of these concerns so that women can receive the support that they need.
Help is available for women who are experiencing mental health concerns during and after pregnancy. The earlier a woman gets support, the more effective treatment will be. Getting help for mental health concerns is an important step to recovery. There is nothing to be ashamed about if you need support.