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Table 5 Patterns of herbal medicine use during pregnancy

From: Herbal medicine use by pregnant women in Bangladesh: a cross-sectional study

Variables Number (%)
Recommending source (N = 170) – multiple choice
 Family/friends/neighbor 121 (71.1)
 Herbalist 48 (28.2)
 Islamic/religious text 42 (24.7)
 Midwife/health worker 34 (20.0)
 Newspaper/magazine 16 (9.4)
 TV/radio/internet 10 (5.9)
 Doctor 9 (5.3)
Frequency of use (N = 170)
 Occasionally 92 (54.1)
 Daily 64 (37.6)
 Weekly 7 (4.1)
 Twice or more a week 5 (2.9)
 Only once 2 (1.2)
Disclosed with doctor or midwife (N = 170)
 Yes 43 (25.3)
 No 127 (74.7)
Reason of non-disclosure (N = 125)
 Should have informed but forgot 65 (52.0)
 Doctor did not ask 39 (31.2)
 Afraid of doctor’s response 12 (9.6)
 It was not important 9 (7.2)
Reason for using herbal medicines (N = 169) – multiple choice
 It is cheap and accessible 159 (94.1)
 I believe it is safe 116 (68.6)
 I believe it is effective 22 (13.0)
 Family tradition/culture 10 (5.9)
 Unsatisfied with modern medicine 4 (2.4)
Reason for not using herbal medicines (N = 73) – multiple choice
 My family did not let me use 45 (64.1)
 My doctor/midwife did not let me use 39 (53.4)
 It is not effective 15 (20.5)
 I am satisfied with modern medicine 10 (13.7)