International Journal of Medicine Research

International Journal of Medicine Research


International Journal of Medicine Research
International Journal of Medicine Research
Vol. 5, Issue 4 (2020)

Pregnant women`s attitude toward use of herbs, vitamins, and minerals supplement in Saudi Arabia


Izdehar Al-Ahmad, Nazik A Tawfik

Aim: The objective of this cross -sectional study is to determine the prevalence, the pattern and the attitude toward the supplement of herbal remedies, vitamins and minerals among pregnant Saudi women living in different regions of Saudi Arabia.
Method: A cross sectional survey using a web-based questionnaire composed of 21 questions. The questionnaire focused on attitudes, pattern and prevalence toward the use of herbal remedies, vitamins and minerals during pregnancy period. The survey was conducted between2nd Nov. to 23thNov. 2019 and the study population was composed of 540 participants.
Result: 84.6% the participation of the women in the questionnaire was between 21 and 40 years old, 67.5% are graduated, 67.6% are from the central region and 40.7% are in the last trimester of pregnancy. Most ages between 21 and 40 are graduated from the central region showed positive effect of herbs, vitamins and minerals. The peppermint is the most common herb 24.3% that prepared during pregnancy while the majority of the participants 36.1% are taking nothing. The health care providers 30%, then the family and friends 28.3% are the most sources of recommendation of prepare herbs, vitamins and minerals.
Conclusion: This study concluded that the prevalence of herbs, vitamins and minerals supplement is considerably high among the graduated pregnant Saudi women from central region during pregnancy who have positive attitude is higher among respondents in our work. The majority of the women relied on informal sources to use herbal supplements during pregnancy while others relied on healthcare provider.
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Izdehar Al-Ahmad, Nazik A Tawfik. Pregnant women`s attitude toward use of herbs, vitamins, and minerals supplement in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine Research, Volume 5, Issue 4, 2020, Pages 57-61
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