A recent study found that two thirds of pregnant women who had depression experienced a significant improvement in their symptoms after acupuncture but little improvement after massage.
The study involved 150 women with depression and was conducted by a team at Stanford University School of Medicine, in California and is published in the journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
Up to 14 percent of women are affected by depression when pregnant but the problem seems to be less recognised than post-natal depression. All of those extra hormones women acquire during pregnancy bring about changes that are difficult to control and often leave them feeling overwhelmed.
Unsurprisingly, when women are pregnant they feel less comfortable taking any form of medication, especially antidepressants. Acupuncture has the advantage of being completely natural, non invasive and has little to no side effects. Women can undergo treatment without being worried it will affect their unborn child.
Acupuncture also has countless other benefits that could ease a difficult pregnancy, for instance morning sickness and back pain symptoms are reported to be eased with acupuncture treatment.
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