Herbal ingestion during pregnancy and post-partum period is a cause for concern

C. S. Teoh, M. H I Aizul, W. M. wan Fatimah Suriyani, S. H. Ang, M. Z. Nurul Huda, M. I. Nor Azlinl, Rohana Jaafar

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Abstract

The potential harms of herbs to the pregnant mothers and their foetuses as well as the effect of herbs taken by nursing mothers on their babies remain largely unknown. Common perception is that herbal medicines ingestion during pregnancy and confinement period is a common practice among multi-racial Malaysian mothers. The purpose of this study was to explore the usage of herbal medicines during pregnancy and post-partum period among mothers who gave birth at a tertiary hospital in a metropolitan city of Malaysia. This cross sectional study was conducted between October and December 2010. The subjects were interviewed twice after giving birth: before hospital discharge and 6 to 8 weeks later. A total of 323 mothers were recruited for this study. The prevalence of herbs ingestion during pregnancy was 13.9%, with half of the users consuming it during the first trimester. A total of 163 (52.9%) mothers ingested herbs during the post-partum period. Significantly more Chinese (p=0.01) and Malay (p=0.04) mothers ingested herbs during pregnancy and post-partum period, respectively. Infants of mothers who ingested herbs had a higher rate of neonatal jaundice compared to infants of mothers who did not ingest herbs during the post-partum period (P=0.001).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-160
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume68
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

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Cross-Sectional Studies

Keywords

  • Herbal medicine
  • Neonatal jaundice
  • Post-partum period
  • Pregnancy

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  • Medicine(all)

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Teoh, C. S., Aizul, M. H. I., wan Fatimah Suriyani, W. M., Ang, S. H., Nurul Huda, M. Z., Nor Azlinl, M. I., & Jaafar, R. (2013). Herbal ingestion during pregnancy and post-partum period is a cause for concern. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 68(2), 157-160.

Herbal ingestion during pregnancy and post-partum period is a cause for concern. / Teoh, C. S.; Aizul, M. H I; wan Fatimah Suriyani, W. M.; Ang, S. H.; Nurul Huda, M. Z.; Nor Azlinl, M. I.; Jaafar, Rohana.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 68, No. 2, 04.2013, p. 157-160.

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Teoh, CS, Aizul, MHI, wan Fatimah Suriyani, WM, Ang, SH, Nurul Huda, MZ, Nor Azlinl, MI & Jaafar, R 2013, 'Herbal ingestion during pregnancy and post-partum period is a cause for concern', Medical Journal of Malaysia, vol. 68, no. 2, pp. 157-160.
Teoh CS, Aizul MHI, wan Fatimah Suriyani WM, Ang SH, Nurul Huda MZ, Nor Azlinl MI et al. Herbal ingestion during pregnancy and post-partum period is a cause for concern. Medical Journal of Malaysia. 2013 Apr;68(2):157-160.
Teoh, C. S. ; Aizul, M. H I ; wan Fatimah Suriyani, W. M. ; Ang, S. H. ; Nurul Huda, M. Z. ; Nor Azlinl, M. I. ; Jaafar, Rohana. / Herbal ingestion during pregnancy and post-partum period is a cause for concern. In: Medical Journal of Malaysia. 2013 ; Vol. 68, No. 2. pp. 157-160.
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