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Use of complementary and alternative medicines by a sample of Australian women during pregnancy.
Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2008 Aug; 48(4):384-90.AN

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) is growing in Australia, with women higher users than men. Yet, only a few Australian studies have explored the use of CAM during pregnancy.

AIMS

To explore the use of CAM, the types of CAM practitioners consulted, physical symptoms/complaints for which CAM are used by a sample of pregnant Australian women, and women's perceptions of the efficacy of CAM in treating those complaints.

METHODS

Three hundred and twenty-one pregnant women, who volunteered for a study exploring women's well-being during pregnancy, completed a self-report questionnaire in their late second/early third trimester.

RESULTS

Seventy-three per cent of women had used at least one kind of complementary therapy in the prior eight weeks of pregnancy. Over one-third of the women had visited at least one alternative medicine practitioner during pregnancy. Approximately one-third of the women reported taking CAM to alleviate a specific physical symptom, with 95.7% of these women reporting they either got completely better or a little bit better with use of CAM; one quarter reported planning to use an alternative therapy to assist with labour preparation. Age, number of physical symptoms experienced, income level and level of education were not associated with greater use of CAM (P < 0.05); however, women reporting more physical symptoms were more likely to consult a CAM practitioner.

CONCLUSION

Findings highlight the substantial use of CAM during pregnancy and the need to have all health professionals adequately informed about such therapies during this life stage.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Psychology, Deakin University, Burwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18837844

Citation

Skouteris, Helen, et al. "Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicines By a Sample of Australian Women During Pregnancy." The Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, vol. 48, no. 4, 2008, pp. 384-90.
Skouteris H, Wertheim EH, Rallis S, et al. Use of complementary and alternative medicines by a sample of Australian women during pregnancy. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2008;48(4):384-90.
Skouteris, H., Wertheim, E. H., Rallis, S., Paxton, S. J., Kelly, L., & Milgrom, J. (2008). Use of complementary and alternative medicines by a sample of Australian women during pregnancy. The Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 48(4), 384-90. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1479-828X.2008.00865.x
Skouteris H, et al. Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicines By a Sample of Australian Women During Pregnancy. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2008;48(4):384-90. PubMed PMID: 18837844.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Use of complementary and alternative medicines by a sample of Australian women during pregnancy. AU - Skouteris,Helen, AU - Wertheim,Eleanor H, AU - Rallis,Sofia, AU - Paxton,Susan J, AU - Kelly,Leanne, AU - Milgrom,Jeannette, PY - 2008/10/8/pubmed PY - 2009/3/24/medline PY - 2008/10/8/entrez SP - 384 EP - 90 JF - The Australian & New Zealand journal of obstetrics & gynaecology JO - Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol VL - 48 IS - 4 N2 - BACKGROUND: The use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) is growing in Australia, with women higher users than men. Yet, only a few Australian studies have explored the use of CAM during pregnancy. AIMS: To explore the use of CAM, the types of CAM practitioners consulted, physical symptoms/complaints for which CAM are used by a sample of pregnant Australian women, and women's perceptions of the efficacy of CAM in treating those complaints. METHODS: Three hundred and twenty-one pregnant women, who volunteered for a study exploring women's well-being during pregnancy, completed a self-report questionnaire in their late second/early third trimester. RESULTS: Seventy-three per cent of women had used at least one kind of complementary therapy in the prior eight weeks of pregnancy. Over one-third of the women had visited at least one alternative medicine practitioner during pregnancy. Approximately one-third of the women reported taking CAM to alleviate a specific physical symptom, with 95.7% of these women reporting they either got completely better or a little bit better with use of CAM; one quarter reported planning to use an alternative therapy to assist with labour preparation. Age, number of physical symptoms experienced, income level and level of education were not associated with greater use of CAM (P < 0.05); however, women reporting more physical symptoms were more likely to consult a CAM practitioner. CONCLUSION: Findings highlight the substantial use of CAM during pregnancy and the need to have all health professionals adequately informed about such therapies during this life stage. SN - 1479-828X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18837844/Use_of_complementary_and_alternative_medicines_by_a_sample_of_Australian_women_during_pregnancy_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1479-828X.2008.00865.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -