About the Journal

Download [This article belongs to Volume - 63, Issue - 07]

Abstract : The collection of research studies from various countries highlights the prevalence and reasons for herbal medicine use among pregnant women. The studies show that herbal medicine usage during pregnancy ranges from 20% to 73.1%, with common herbs including peppermint, ginger, thyme, and chamomile. Family and friends’ advice, as well as self-information and physician advice, influence the decision to use herbal medicines. The most common reasons for use are nausea, vomiting, and stimulating labor. Caution is advised regarding certain herbs and their use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is descriptive, quantitative, prospective, cross-sectional study. It was conducted at primary health care clinics in Qassim region over a period of 3 months starting from 1st October 2022 to 31th December 2022. The questionnaire was collected through qualified and trained data collectors by google drive TM using an online survey creator option. This research study focused on herbal medicine use among pregnant women in the Qassim region included 306 participants. The study found that 39.2% of pregnant women used herbal medicine during pregnancy. Ginger was the most commonly used herbal medicine (58.8%), followed by fenugreek (10.9%). The main reasons for using herbal medicine were to treat nausea/vomiting (57.1%), improve the pregnancy course (16.8%), and facilitate labor (18.5%). The majority of participants (72.9%) considered herbal medicine safe during pregnancy. Parents (76.5%) were the primary source of information on herbal medicine use. There were no statistically significant differences based on age, marital status, occupation, trimester, chronic disease, or consulting a doctor. This study sheds light on the prevalence and reasons for herbal medicine use among pregnant women in the Qassim region. The findings reveal that a significant proportion of pregnant women (39.2%) utilize herbal medicine during pregnancy, with ginger being the most commonly used herb. Nausea/vomiting relief, improvement of the pregnancy course, and labor facilitation were identified as the main reasons for herbal medicine usage. Despite the relatively high usage, the majority of participants considered herbal medicine safe. These results highlight the need for healthcare providers to be aware of herbal medicine use among pregnant women and provide appropriate guidance and education regarding safety and potential risks.