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Australian authors examining the effect of complementary therapies on antenatal depression have found evidence of benefit from acupuncture, massage and bright light therapy. Twenty randomised controlled trials containing 1092 women were included in their systematic review. Acupuncture reduced the number of women diagnosed with antenatal depression, while massage and bright light therapy reduced its severity. There was no evidence of a reduction in depression from treatment with either relaxation, yoga, mindfulness or fish oil.

The effect of complementary medicines and therapies on maternal anxiety and depression in pregnancy: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Affect Disord. 2018 Nov 6;245:428-439

 

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