Planning a pregnancy
In partnership with:
Free advice on your rights at work, including information on pregnancy and maternity discrimination.
Action for Children
Supports families by providing expert advice, support and parenting programmes.
Action on Postpartum Psychosis
Information and support for women with postpartum psychosis and their partners.
The national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs or alcohol.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Helpline 0800 917 7650
A free self-help group offering a "12-step" programme for getting sober with the help of regular support groups.
Ambitious about Autism
National charity for children and young people with autism.
Association for Post Natal Illness
Helpline 020 7386 0868 or urgent out of hours 020 8785 2689
To talk to a volunteer who has had, and recovered from, post-natal illness by email, phone or post. Also provides information for partners and carers.
Bipolar UK: Women and Bipolar
Information about pregnancy and childbirth for people affected by bipolar disorder.
Birth Trauma Association
Supports women who experience birth trauma or PTSD and provides information for their partners.
Information on the use of medicines in pregnancy.
Help and support for carers, including information on carer’s assessments
Telephone 0800 1111
Information for children who support someone with a mental illness.
Free advice on your rights with housing, work, benefits and health.
Telephone 08451 228 669
Provides help and support to parents with babies who cry excessively or have sleeping problems.
Helpline 0300 123 1110
National alcohol helpline.
Eating disorders and pregnancy
Information on nutrition for women with an eating disorder
Telephone 0808 802 6666
Provides practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country.
Telephone 0808 800 2222
A charity that supports families who are struggling. Their website includes information on what to expect from social services.
Provides free, confidential advice about drug taking and gives information about local support services.
Helpline 0800 999 5428
LGBT+ anti-violence charity, which runs a National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline.
Telephone 0808 802 0925
Supports single parent families.
Includes information on work, benefits and parenting.
Helpline 0345 607 6823
Provides vouchers for food and vitamins.
A local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children.
Provides information about maternity and parental rights.
Telephone 0300 123 3393
Provides support and advice for anyone experiencing mental illness.
Mums on the spectrum
Facebook group for mums with autism.
Information on benefits and grants for people living in Scotland.
National Autistic Society
Helpline 0808 800 4104
UK's largest provider of specialist autism services.
National Breastfeeding Helpline
Helpline 0300 100 0212
Independent, confidential, mother-centred, non-judgmental breastfeeding support and information.
National domestic abuse helpline
Helpline 0808 2000 247
24 hour helpline, run by Refuge, for anyone experiencing domestic abuse.
NHS contraception guide
A guide to choosing the right type of contraception for you.
NHS Direct Wales
A guide to services and support for parents.
Helpline 0300 123 1044
Advice and tips on how to stop smoking.
Telephone 0808 1961 776
For advice and support on pre- and post-natal depression.
Support and information for anyone experiencing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
RapeCrisis England and Wales
Provides services for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence, including rape crisis centres and a live chat helpline.
Helpline 08088 01 03 02
Provides a helpline and email support for anyone in Scotland affected by sexual violence.
Ready Steady Baby in Scotland
A guide to pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenthood up to 8 weeks.
Helpline 0808 2000 247
Support for women who have experienced violence and abuse.
Telephone 0808 802 4040
Support and advice for people who are violent towards other people, who are looking for help to stop.
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Information on mental illness and treatments.
Telephone 116 123
Provides support and listening to people day and night.
Sure Start in England
How to find a Sure Start centre for help and advice on child and family health, parenting, money, training and employment.
Sure Start in Northern Ireland
Support for parents with children aged under four years old, living in disadvantaged areas in Northern Ireland.
Terrence Higgins Trust
Includes information about pregnancy and childbirth for parents with HIV.
The Survivor’s Trust
Information and support for women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse to prepare for pregnancy, birth and parenthood.
We are with you
Previously known as Addaction. One of the UK's leading drug, alcohol and mental health charities.
24-hour domestic violence helpline on 0808 2000 247
Symptoms and management of ADHD or autism (ASD) when planning a pregnancy
Healthy food and regular activity can improve mental wellbeing as well as being very important for the development of a future baby.
Having a baby is a positive and exciting experience for many women. But if you have had a traumatic experience in the past, you may find some of the difficult feelings come back when you’re planning a pregnancy or become pregnant.
When you have a serious mental illness the earlier you start planning your pregnancy the better
There is a higher chance that your mental illness will come back or get worse at this time than at other times of your life.
When you are managing a serious mental illness there’s lots of support to help you through pregnancy and beyond. Find out about the people and teams that help you here.
Your support network is very important when you are planning a pregnancy with a serious mental illness. The people around and close to you can support you and this can have a big effect on how you manage pregnancy and after.
The 5 most important things you could do before you get pregnant if you are managing a serious mental illness and are planning a pregnancy
Information for you about different types of treatment for mental health illness if you have a serious mental illness and are planning to become pregnant.
Information about when to try for a baby and fertility when you have a serious mental illness
If you have bipolar disorder and want to get pregnant it’s important to talk to your doctor before you start trying.
If you take drugs regularly it can be really tough to stop, but now that you are planning a pregnancy you have a big chance to stop safely.
It’s safest to not drink at all while you’re planning a pregnancy but if you’re finding this hard, there’s lots of help available.
Information about giving up smoking while on mental health medication
You can plan ahead for the early days with a newborn by thinking about what help you might need to keep well and to look after your baby. With the right support, women with mental illness can look after their children just as well as any other parent.
It’s hard to describe childbirth. Labour is different for everyone and your experience and feelings about the birth can depend on what you expect compared to what happens.
ℹLast reviewed on July 24th, 2020. Next review date July 24th, 2023.