Perinatal is the period of time when you become pregnant and up to a year after giving birth. You might also have heard of the following terms:

  • Antenatal or pre-natal meaning 'before birth'
  • Postnatal or postpartum meaning 'after birth'

There's no right or wrong word to describe the period of time around pregnancy and after birth. You might hear your doctor or midwife use any of these terms.

One in five women experiences a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth.

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