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Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the preconception period


Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is higher in women, and recent research suggests it is used by a large number of women during pregnancy. Preconception care is an important component of maternal health care for women of reproductive age as it lowers the risk of pregnancy and birth complications and improves health outcomes for their off-spring. There are significant gaps in our understanding of the current preconception care practices of women intending to conceive in Australia with regards to CAM, the factors which influence these practices and how this impacts on pregnancy outcomes. This study will the use of CAM by women attempting to conceive and the factors which may impact on CAM utilisation