Natural Standard recently launched a NEW Pregnancy & Lactation checker, an easy-to-use tool for consumers and healthcare professionals seeking safety data on integrative therapies for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
According to research presented at the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2012, 89.1 percent of women from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women's Health reported taking vitamins and minerals while pregnant, of which 43.7 percent were self-prescribing. Furthermore, 53 percent of women used herbal medicine during pregnancy, while only 7.2 percent reported visiting an herbalist or naturopathic physician. Studies in the United States and United Kingdom have reported similarly high usage rates among pregnant and breastfeeding women, highlighting the need for easy access to evidence-based safety data.
This new decision-support tool allows clinicians to quickly search for safety data on specific integrative therapies that have been studied for use during pregnancy and lactation, thus opening communication between healthcare providers and patients as integrative therapy use in pregnancy continues to rise.
Natural Standard's evidence-based systematic reviews also feature pregnancy and lactation data. The new Pregnancy & Lactation Checker conveniently compiles this information in one location for easy use.
To try this new tool, please visit Natural Standard's new Pregnancy & Lactation Checker.