About 10% of pregnant women meet the criteria for major depression and almost 20% have increased symptoms of depression during their pregnancy. These rates are about the same as other women but researchers can sometimes be reluctant to study treatments for pregnant women with depression in case they affect mother's babies. Dr Rosa Schnyer from the University of Arizona researched the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating depressed pregnant women. She divided the women into three separate groups. One group received acupuncture to treat their depression, another group received a different acupuncture treatment and a third group had some massage. After eight weeks the women who had received acupuncture for depression showed a significantly greater decrease in the severity of their depression and had a higher response rate to treatment than the other two groups.
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