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The Importance of Addressing Mental Health & Wellbeing During Pregnancy

by Raja Gangopadhyay, MBBS MD DFFP MRCOG Cert Medical Education
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CME
  • Handout: No
Abstract:

The presentation will start with the global statistics of mental health conditions during pregnancy and the economic cost to health and social care. Then the impact of stress and mental health problems during pregnancy will be discussed with an outline of 'Foetal Programming'. Subsequently, the practical aspects of care of Perinatal Mental Health conditions will be elaborated with a focus on screening, Care Planning, use of medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding. An outline of the concept of wellbeing will be discussed with lifestyle modification and stress management strategies (NURTURE Approach). Links to further reading and Resources will be provided.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Impact of stress and mental health conditions (during pregnancy) on the fetus: 'Foetal programming';

Objective 2: Approach to the care of mental health conditions during pregnancy.;

Objective 3: Use of psychotropic drugs during pregnancy & breastfeeding.

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