Half of pregnant women use CAM

More than half of pregnant women use complementary and alternative medicines as part of their maternity care, an Australian study finds, raising fresh safety concerns.

The survey of 1835 pregnant women found 52% had used CAM products such as herbal medicines, aromatherapy oils and homeopathy while pregnant.

Forty eight per cent had seen a CAM practitioner such as a massage therapist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, aromatherapist, herbalist,