Prenatal acupuncture can reduce depression, stress and distress, whilst also being well-tolerated and free from adverse events.  Australian clinicians carried out a pragmatic trial with 57 pregnant women suffering from depressive symptoms who were randomised to acupuncture plus treatment as usual (TAU), progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) plus TAU, or TAU only. Treatments were conducted from 24 to 31 weeks gestation.  The acupuncture protocol was individually tailored to each patient, consisting of a semi-standardised flexible ‘root and branch’ style treatment approach, along with retained auricular pellets.  Significantly lower depression scores were observed in the acupuncture group compared to the TAU and PMR groups.  Significantly lowered scores for stress and psychological distress were also seen in the acupuncture group. (The feasibility of acupuncture as an adjunct intervention for antenatal depression: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. J Affect Disord. 2020 Oct 1;275:82-93).