Although pregnancy is supposed to be one of the happiest times in a woman’s life, up to 24% of pregnant women are affected by depression during pregnancy. Unfortunately, this is often overlooked and equated to hormone imbalance. Women with depression usually manifest some of the following symptoms for two weeks or more:
–Recurring thoughts of helplessness, death or suicide
–Sleeping too much or too little
–Loss of interest in activities that one usually enjoys
–Feeling of guilt
Things like relationship problems, stressful life events, history of personal or family depression, and complications during pregnancy can trigger depression. If untreated, depression can lead to poor nutrition, drinking, or smoking, which ultimately hurt both mother and baby.
New studies show that acupuncture combined with exercise, a good diet, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids can be a safe and viable treatment option for depression during pregnancy.
Please contact our offices in Loveland or Fort Collins for more information and to make an appointment. Call 970-663-2225 today.
Ashley Engler, L.Ac., M.S.O.M., is a licensed acupuncturist who has treated patients at Scott Family Health since 2009. She holds a a masters in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College. Ashley has extensive training in motor point therapy and specializes in digestive complaints and women’s health. Her patients are her priority!