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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 Aug;17(3):147-51. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.09.002. Epub 2010 Oct 5.

Use of herbal drugs during pregnancy among 600 Norwegian women in relation to concurrent use of conventional drugs and pregnancy outcome.

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Department of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway. h.m.e.nordeng@farmasi.uio.no

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of herbal drugs by pregnant women in relation to concurrent use of conventional drugs, delivery, and pregnancy outcome.

METHOD:

600 women at Stavanger University Hospital Norway were interviewed using a structured questionnaire within five days after delivery. Medical birth charts were reviewed with respect to pregnancy outcome.

RESULTS:

In all, 39.7% of the women reported having used herbal drugs during pregnancy, most commonly ginger, iron-rich herbs, echinacea and cranberry. Although 86.3% of the women reported having used conventional drugs during pregnancy there were few potential interactions between herbal drugs and conventional drugs. There was a significant association between the use of iron-rich herbs during pregnancy and high birthweight, and use of raspberry leaves and caesarean delivery.

CONCLUSION:

Use of herbal drugs is common during pregnancy and indicates a need for documentation about their safety in pregnancy.

PMID:
21742280
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.09.002
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