Journal article

Herbal medicine use during pregnancy in a group of Australian women.

Della A Forster, Angela Denning, Gemma Wills, Melissa Bolger, Elizabeth McCarthy

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND: There are limited data on the extent of women's use of herbal medicines during pregnancy, despite the fact that knowledge of the potential benefits or harms of many of these products is sparse, particularly with respect to their use in pregnancy. We aimed to measure the prevalence of herbal medicine use in a group of pregnant women attending a public tertiary maternity hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Secondary aims were to explore why women took the herbal medicine, where they received advice, what form the supplements took and if they perceived the supplements to be helpful. METHODS: Consecutive pregnant women were approached in the antenatal clinic and the birth centre at aro..

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