Researchers at the University of Oslo, in Norway, studied the use of herbal supplements by pregnant Norwegian women.
First, the details.
600 women were interviewed within 5 days after delivery.
Medical birth charts were reviewed with respect to pregnancy outcome.
And, the results.
40% of the women reported having used herbal drugs during pregnancy.
86% of the women reported having used conventional drugs during pregnancy.
There were few potential interactions between herbals and conventional drugs.
There was a significant association between the following:
Use of iron-rich herbs during pregnancy and high birth weight
Use of raspberry leaves and caesarean delivery
The bottom line?
It’s a common practice to take herbals during pregnancy.
There also appears to be a connection between the use of certain supplements and pregnancy outcomes. This supports the importance for healthcare providers to monitoring the use of supplements by their pregnant patients.
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.