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Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Pregnancy

OCD is a mental health condition when a person has obsessive thoughts and has a compulsion to do an activity. An obsession is thoughts, images and urges or doubts that are unwelcome but repeatedly appear in the mind. A compulsion is a repetitive behaviour that someone feels they need to carry out to try to temporarily relieve the unwelcomed feelings brought on by the obsessive thought.

OCD and pregnancy

Perinatal OCD tends to focus the obsessions and compulsions on your baby, although this is not always the case. It is normal to have some worries about your baby, however, as with any anxiety, when it begins to alter your behaviour and daily routine, you may need further support.

Tell your midwife if you have had OCD in the past or you have symptoms now. If you feel unable to tell them directly, then you may find writing your thoughts and repeated actions down or take someone with you to your appointments. Your midwife will not judge you but can start helping you to get support and treatments to help you get better.

Self-care

The main treatments for OCD are:

Local resources:

 

National resources: