TMS treatment for perinatal depression

Perinatal depression is a form of depression that begins during or following pregnancy. Both prenatal and postnatal depression can feel like a black cloud is surrounding a special time in your life; TMS can help this black cloud to lift.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an innovative approach to treating perinatal depression. It’s a non-invasive therapy that uses magnetic pulses to calm the areas of your brain that control our mood and motivation.

Traditional methods of dealing with the symptoms of depression – from medication to therapy – don’t always work. Many medications aren’t suitable to be used during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding because they are systemic – this means that they can affect the whole body and transfer to the baby. TMS is targeted on the area of the brain that causes the condition, rather than flooding the body with chemicals and safe for expectant and breastfeeding mothers.

Research has shown that Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) can reduce the symptoms in those suffering with perinatal depression.

With no anaesthetic, no need for hospitalisation and no recovery time, it’s a safe and effective alternative to traditional treatments, with fewer side-effects than medication.

How does TMS treatment work for perinatal depression?

The treatment works by stimulating the prefrontal cortex – the area of the brain that controls mood, motivation and social skills. Instead of numbing emotions, as medication can do, TMS treatment gets to the root of the problem by resetting brain patterns and pathways using targeted magnetic pulses.

A course of TMS for perinatal depression usually involves 30 sessions of treatment which take place over a period of three to six weeks. Each treatment lasts 30 minutes, and some patients are able to have more than one session a day.

Read our testimonials  from patients who’ve been freed from depression after treatment with Smart TMS.

What our patients say

Since receiving my TMS treatment, my anxiety has reduced so much that I have returned to work and am able to travel on my own, which I couldn't do before!


When I was rushed to hospital with chest pain, my heart rate was at 120bpm and the doctors put it all down to anxiety. Medication didn't affect it but since having TMS, I can finally go on day trips with my family without worrying about another panic attack.


TMS treatment has had lasting benefits over the past year. I'm much less irritable and am able to cope with unexpected problems much better

Mrs A

Is TMS right for me?

Both antenatal and postnatal depression are treatable, and Smart TMS can help.

Most people are suitable to receive TMS treatment.

To help you make up your mind about treatment, our practitioners offer pre-arranged clinic visits to answer any questions you have and show you the TMS machine.

If you would like to arrange a clinic visit, call the team on 0345 222 5678.

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