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Objectives: Herbal treatments are commonly used during pregnancy by Saudi women. However, inappropriate use of some herbs can have side effects for both mother and foetus. Thus, a comprehensive understanding of their use during pregnancy is crucial. To explore the use of herbal treatments by Saudi women during pregnancy using the knowledge-attitude-practice (KAP) model. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 400 subjects in Riyadh using an online questionnaire. Results: All participants lacked knowledge about the side effects of herbs, but 62.5% of them knew about unsafe herbs in general. Most participants had a neutral attitude towards herbs. Almost half of the participants did not use herbs during pregnancy, and a similar number sometimes use herbal treatments during pregnancy. There was a significant positive correlation between practice and attitude and a negative correlation between knowledge and attitude and between knowledge and practice (p < 0.0001). Conclusion: While the participants’ knowledge was generally poor, their attitudes and practices regarding the use of herbal treatments during pregnancy were good. It is recommended that more efforts be made by health care providers to target attitudes by providing accurate knowledge and reinforce healthy practices among Saudi women.
Keywords: herbal treatment, pregnancy, Saudi Arabia, KAP model.
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