Acupuncture in pregnancy could help treat depression

Mums-to-be suffering from depression show signs of improvement when treated with acupuncture, study finds


Pregnant women suffering from depression could benefit from acupuncture, research has found.


Two-thirds of mums-to-be who received acupuncture, specifically targeting depression, rather than massage or other types of acupuncture, saw an improvement in their symptoms, the US study found.

“Treatment of depression during pregnancy is critically important so that a woman can maintain her sense of well-being and take good care of herself, her foetus, and, someday, her child,” Dr Dierdre Lyell, co-author of the study and professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Stanford University School of Medicine, told the Telegraph.

“I don’t think that one-size-fits-all treatments are appropriate for everyone,” she continued, “but acupuncture should be considered as an option.”


Around 3 to 5% of pregnant women are diagnosed with depression, but it’s thought that 14% may actually suffer from the condition. Depression can cause problems if left untreated but many mums-to-be worry about taking anti-depressant medication while expecting a baby.

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