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Perinatal mental health in London

What is perinatal mental health?

The perinatal period is usually defined as the time between conceiving a baby and one to two years after giving birth. About one in every five women experience mental health problems during this time, making this a relatively common experience. Women may experience mental health problems prior to pregnancy and/or develop mental health problems during pregnancy or in the postnatal period.