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Table 5 Maternal blood pressure at gestational week 29 in relation to licorice consumption

From: Use of alternative medicine, ginger and licorice among Danish pregnant women – a prospective cohort study

Licorice consumption BMI Mean, 95% CI Systolic blood pressure mmHg
Mean, 95% CI
Diastolic blood pressure mmHg
Mean, 95% CI
P-value systolic/diastolic
Daily 27.44 (23.91–30.97) 122.81 (116.01–129.61) 75.06 (69.86–80.26) 0.04/0.51b
Weekly 27.41 (26.04–28.77) 119.37 (116.62–122.12) 75.35 (73.53–77.18) 0.34/0.42b
Rarelya 25.81 (24.81-26.81) 118.82 (116.37–121.27) 75.82 (74.10–77.53)  
Nevera 27.72 (25.18-30.26) 118.19 (113.77–122.60) 72.93 (68.08–77.77)  
  1. aReference groups
  2. bOne-tailed Mann-Whitney test
  3. Among the women reporting daily consumption of licorice in first trimester, the measured blood pressure later in pregnancy was significant higher than the women who reported a rarely or no intake