Women adopting CAM during pregnancy
A new study has found that nearly 90% of women are using some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) during their pregnancy, with more than 40% being influenced to do so by family and friends.
The study, conducted by ARCCIM researchers Jane Frawley, Professor Jon Adams, Dr Amie Steel and Professor David Sibbrett, together with researchers from the University of Queensland, was conducted to investigate the information sources that these women find influential in relation to using complementary medicine.
“It is noteworthy that women were not significantly influenced by professional maternity healthcare providers when deciding to consult a CAM practitioner,” the study said. Lead author Jane Frawley noted that “Women may not always trust the internet, but a friend or family member saying that they found a particular remedy helpful for a particular pregnancy symptom is a powerful endorsement.”
Women may be worried about being judged for their CAM use by their GPs, she said, despite many obstetricians and midwives being open-minded towards some complementary treatments.
“Women should always discuss their use of CAM with their maternity healthcare provider,” she said.
Read more at The Guardian and the study in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (opens an external site).