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Looking after your health during pregnancy

This page is an overview of health during pregnancy with links to NHS Choices. For more specific conditions and problems, please see the tabs to the left hand side.
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Mental health

Mental health leaflets

A set of mental health leaflets offer support for mums, their families, and the teams that care for them. The eight leaflets cover a broad range of topics including postnatal depression, postpartum psychosis and perinatal OCD, and the use of lithium and antipsychotics in pregnancy and breastfeeding. They offer advice and signpost to promote better understanding and support people in making decisions about perinatal mental health issues. The leaflets have been written jointly by perinatal psychiatrists, women with lived experience of perinatal mental illness, and their partners. They have been delivered in partnership by RCPsych, NHS England and HEE.  All maternity and mental health teams in the CCG are aware of these leaflets. Further information is available on the NHS England website

What should I do if I'm always stressed when I'm pregnant? 

It would be surprising if you didn't feel stressed sometimes when you're pregnant. After all, it's a massive life-changing event and you are being asked to make lots of big decisions. Find out help and advice here  

H.A.Y. Peterborough! How Are You? 

Bringing together everything in Peterborough that promotes positive mental health. From a friendly ‘how are you’, to activity groups and much more – it’s all taking care of our mental well-being. More on Facebook

CPFT Psychological Wellbeing Service (self-refer)

This service is set up to help those aged 17 and over who are suffering from mild to moderate depression and anxiety disorders including generalised anxiety, social anxiety, post traumatic stress, health anxiety, panic, phobia or obsessive compulsive disorder.  All of the talking therapies offered as part of our Psychological Wellbeing Service work by helping you understand what is happening to you, help you to work through your difficult feelings and learn new ways of coping in order to improve your wellbeing.

The importance of new fathers' mental health | Mark Williams 

Below is a video about the mental health for new fathers. In late 2004, Mark witnessed his wife go through a traumatic birth, feeling out of control and having his first ever panic attack at thirty years of age. Michelle, his wife, was quickly diagnosed with severe postnatal depression but after looking after Michelle feeling isolated and using alcohol to cope Mark himself was having suicidal thoughts in the postnatal period suffering in silence for years until a breakdown over five years later. Mark talks with passion about the importance of looking after the mental wellbeing of new fathers