What is it about?

In this present study, although the pregnant women were found to consume at least one herbal product, they were observed to display rather negative attitudes towards CAM. It was seen that the participants who thought herbal products are safer than drugs, those who did not know the contents of the herbal products they used, those who used herbal products to protect themselves from COVID-19, those who used them to increase their physical strength, and those who used them to facilitate childbirth had more positive attitudes towards CAM. More negative attitudes towards CAM was observed in the pregnant women who knew the contents of the herbal products they used.

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Why is it important?

The use of CAM during pregnancy has become widespread, it is important for individuals, especially pregnant women, to approach these therapies responsibly. This involves seeking reliable information, consulting with healthcare providers, and making informed decisions that prioritize both maternal and fetal well-being.


Pregnant women should be definitely be provided with information about the effects of herbal product use and CAM. Besides, education programs should be planned for pregnant women with positive attitudes towards CAM. Additionaly, education on herbal products and CAM should be added to the content of prenatal care classes.

Ayşegül Durmaz
Kütahya Health Science University

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This page is a summary of: Pregnant women’s attitudes towards complementary and alternative medicine and the use of phytotherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional study, PLoS ONE, January 2024, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0296435.
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