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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

New information leaflet on mental health in pregnancy

Embargoed until 15 April 2010

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has expanded its range of award-winning information materials with a new leaflet on mental health in pregnancy.

The leaflet is written for women with mental health problems during pregnancy, for pregnant women who have experienced mental health problems in the past, and for their partners, family and friends who want to understand and help.

Many women have good mental health during pregnancy, but unfortunately pregnancy does not stop people from having mental health problems. Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health problems in pregnancy, affecting about 10 to 15 out of every 100 pregnant women.

Mental Health in Pregnancy helps people to understand:

  • How to stay well during pregnancy and after the birth
  • What treatment is available for mental health problems during pregnancy
  • How to decide whether or not to take medication during pregnancy
  • What help and support there is for pregnant women with mental health problems.

Mental Health in Pregnancy is part of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ ‘Help is at Hand’ series, a series of more than 30 leaflets offering advice on a range of mental health issues.

The RCPsych has been certified as a quality provider of health information by The Information Standard, meaning people can be confident that all materials produced by the College are reliable and up-to-date.

For further information, please contact:
Sarah Nevins
Press & Social Media Officer
Telephone: 020 3701 2543
Claire McLoughlin
Media & Communications Manager 
Telephone: 020 3701 2544
Out of hours contact number: 07860 755896


Note to editors:

Single copies of Mental Health in Pregnancy are available free of charge on receipt of a stamped addressed envelope from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 17 Belgrave Square, London SW1A 8PG. The leaflet can also be downloaded for free from the College website A small charge applies for bulk orders. Contact the Leaflets Department on 020 7235 2351 or email


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