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Acupuncture for Prenatal Depression

Pregnancy News Flash

Stanford University researchers recently tested the effectiveness of acupuncture on clinically depressed moms-to-be. Study participants received one of three treatments: needling at points that acupuncturists believe affect depression, needling at non-specific points, and general massage.

After 12 sessions, 69% of women who were treated with depression-specific acupuncture improved significantly-at a rate comparable to patients who are treated with antidepressants or psychotherapy. More importantly, 86% of these women remained symptom-free at 10 weeks postpartum.

(Only 47% of participants receiving non-specific acupuncture improved, and just 32% of women receiving massage did better.)

BabyFit Tip: During pregnancy, clinically depressed women have fewer treatment options. While this study is promising and appears to show that acupuncture is a safe treatment for the baby blues, more long-term studies are needed. To learn more about acupuncture, visit the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine website.
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Nicole Nichols
Nicole earned her bachelor's degree in health promotion and education, specializing in exercise and fitness, from the University of Cincinnati. She maintains several fitness certifications, including prenatal and postpartum exercise design.
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