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Acupuncture 'could help treat depression in pregnancy'

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Acupuncture could help pregnant women who are suffering from depression, according to a recent study.

Published in the journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the study revealed that short treatments of acupuncture could help to alleviate depression during pregnancy.

Sarah Montagu, an administrative secretary at the Association of Radical Midwives, said that traditional treatments for depression, such as pills and medicant, can prove harmful to "a greater or lesser degree".

This is because the course of pills cannot be stopped instantly, therefore it is almost inevitable that some of the medication will filter into the breast-milk.

Approximately one in ten women will suffer from depression while pregnant and can include symptoms such as tiredness but with an inability to sleep and a loss of appetite.

The condition can have a major effect on mother and baby as Ms Montagu commented: "I've heard of several cases of women with depression, who've been told that they will therefore be unable to care for their child and have the child removed from them, often with very little evidence that there will in fact be any problem, and that can itself further exacerbate the woman's feelings of depression and lack of self-worth."

Private treatment news : 24 February 2010