The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Use of herbal supplements by pregnant women

    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.
    • Most commonly…
      • Ginger
      • Iron-rich herbs
      • Echinacea
      • Cranberry
    • 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.

    7/25/11 19:19 JR

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