“Postnatal depression” is the term most commonly used when someone is seeking help for mental health issues during pregnancy.
This term is a little outdated for two reasons, though. Firstly, because although depression is one of the more common mental health issues in mothers and fathers who are expecting or have had a baby, many other mental health issues can arise such as anxiety, issues with eating and body image, identity issues and self-esteem changes, just to name a few. Secondly, mental health issues not only arise post having a baby. People can also experience changes in the mental health and wellbeing during the pregnancy and well after the birth of the child.
For these reasons, the term “perinatal mental health” is now widely used by health professionals and increasingly, by the general public.